Ellie Kent

Tell us a little bit about you?

After taking a gap year after completing my A-Levels I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do or study. I decided to apply for a degree apprenticeship with the BBC and haven’t looked back since!

What are you studying?

BA (Hons) Business Management

Where are you working?

BBC, currently with BBC Three as an editorial assistant.

Why did you choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to study at university so I didn’t want to get myself intothousands of pounds of student debt for a course I was entirely committed to and couldn’t see afuture career with. I enjoy being challenged and was looking for an opportunity that would setme apart from other students my age. A degree apprenticeship was the perfect opportunity tonot only get a debt-free degree, but also build a CV full of experiences and skills learnt first handfrom the workplace.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

Being taught by lecturers that are not only academics but also have build respectable careers intheir chosen field. As a result your tutors are able to bring theory to life with stories of their ownexperiences and examples of how the content you are learning really is relevant in the workplace.

What have you learnt so far during your work placement?

Being able to rotate and spend time in different departments around the BBC really gives us the opportunity to broaden our knowledge and network with lots of different people.

How has your placement helped you with your studies?

I think being in the workplace for most of the week really helps you apply what you are learning to real life situations. It makes it easier to understand as everything has context.

Do you have any advice for anyone applying for a degree apprenticeship?

Only apply if you are committed to studying and working at the same time. It’s definitely not an easy option and can be challenging at times, but the experience and opportunities you get from it make it worthwhile and set you apart from traditional students.