Beth Bull, Business Co-ordinator for BBC Studios
How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into the world of business?
I was on the BBC Business Management Apprenticeship which incorporates studying at Pearson College London, and working 4 days a week at the BBC – so the two go hand in hand!
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently a Business Co-ordinator for BBC Studios. The title is a bit ambiguous, but my job is to manage BAU for the entire division. The division is currently in the development process, so on a daily basis I pull together information from different sources into a spreadsheet or PowerPoint to present/use to make decisions going forward.
I’m also writing my dissertation on ‘voluntourism’ – totally unrelated topic but very interesting.
Why did you choose the BBC Apprenticeship Scheme?
I wanted a CV full of work experience which is what graduates mostly lack – it also makes you stand out to employers. I also had the opportunity to get a degree without ending up in masses of debt (although I did incur a small maintenance loan).
How was your experience on the BBC Apprenticeship Scheme?
I found that after I completed it and got a ‘proper’ job with the BBC, a lot of the work I had been doing as an apprentice was the equivalent to what I’m doing now. The work is pretty tough but at least you won’t be expected to work a million times harder afterwards – it prepares you perfectly and sets you up for success.
What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?
Being taught by tutors who have worked in professional business sectors. They can give inside knowledge and compare similar industries which helps contextualise learning.
If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?
Unique, because it is very different to any other university and helped me both at uni and the BBC.
What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in business?
- You’re never too old or too wise to stop learning. No matter how much you think you know there is always room to learn new things.
- Never take things at face value – just become something is the ‘norm’ or has always been done a certain way, stop and question it.
- Don’t adapt yourself too much. If everyone adapted to a certain way of working to fit in, then everyone would be the same.
Any advice for students looking to apply to the BBC Apprenticeship Scheme?
- Make your application stand out by talking about you, and what interests you (not business!). They are looking to recruit an eclectic group of people, so make sure you talk about your hobbies from cricket to mountain biking – or whatever it might be.
- Write your application on a word document, not the BBC website. Take 2-3 days planning and writing, it sounds long but it will be worth it because once you sleep on it you’ll think of a really great paragraph to throw in.
- And finally, if you are unsuccessful there is a whole world of apprenticeships out there so don’t give up! They are the way forward and I owe so much for the opportunity I was given, god knows where I’d be without it.
What's your favourite brand and why?
The Third Estate – they are an ethical shoe/clothing company in London. Really cool stuff and good for the environment.
What course did you study?