Welcome to a new series of articles, where I’m going to be blogging around the interviews and topics featured in my new podcast Listen Up. Today’s topic is Student Media.
Whether you’re interested in a career as journalist or you want to be a teacher, just have a read. Even if you’re already a graduate, you can start broadcasting, writing or filming on your own and trust me it’ll pay off!
‘I searched for societies which I’d enjoy, but could provide skills and eventually lead to increased employability’
The whole point of university is to enhance your future. Not content with just doing my degree, I wanted to do something extra to set myself apart. So I searched for societies which I’d enjoy, but could provide skills and eventually lead to increased employability. After a couple of months, I found Student Media and I’ve never turned back.
Some people might not know what ‘Student Media’ is, so let me introduce you. The clue is in the name; they’re radio, tv & press organisations run by students. They give students immediate access to what the media industry is like and enable them to create. But what they’re best at is developing skills in people, be it: teamwork, elocution (speech), confidence, leadership, responsibility or even literacy. The list is truly endless.
‘The skills you develop in Student Media are useful in every career and route of employment’
Student Media is the best activity, hobby or society, I’ve ever got involved with and it’s done a lot for me in all aspects of my life. The thing people fail to realise, is that the skills you can develop in Student Media are useful in every career and route of employment. Working in a team for an extended period of time, with people you like and dislike, helps you prepare for the workplace and becoming more comfortable speaking under pressure makes job interviews easy.
But with all this said, I decided to enlist the help of several prominent media members and ask them their thoughts.
‘Student Radio is crucial’
Dan Walker, BBC Breakfast & MOTD presenter (11:17).
“Whenever I go to speak to students in University or higher education I tell them that work experience is essential. But not just recognised places such as newspapers or local radio stations.”
“But Student Radio is crucial because it’s a great opportunity to find your feet, make your mistakes and I think you can really hone some skills there.”
“It really was an essential breading ground, for me going into radio and TV. Your employer is far more likely to look at you, if they can look at you and see you’ve got off our backside and done something. It instantly looks different to a lot of people.”
Alexander Amrstrong, presenter on Pointless & Have I Got News For You (17:00). “Unquestionably (student media) is an amazing first step. Any kind of media experience is so valuable, because you leave university and you’ve developed a love for something.”
“You’ve already developed an access into something, so everybody is going to be interested when your CV lands on someone’s desk. It’s something you’ve volunteered to do and done of your own back, so it shows an enthusiasm.”
The full interviews can be found in the player embedded below.
Hopefully what’s clear is that, student media is a well trodden route to success. I always try to increase my odds and you should too. Just give any sort of media ago. What’s the worst that could happen, you get a job?