Ellis Chivers

Tell us a little bit about you?

I am a Chartered Management Degree Apprentice at the BBC. I joined the BBC as a school leaver and I've just started my second year as an apprentice. 

What are you studying?

BA (Hons) Business Management.

Where are you working?

At the BBC – I am currently in Daytime TV planning

Why did you choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

I was undecided about what I wanted to do after completing my A-levels. When I found out about degree apprenticeships that offer a job and a paid for degree I just went for it because it sounded like such a great opportunity.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

The thing I have enjoyed the most is being able to take on different roles and getting involved in different areas of the organisation – I have learnt so much in my short time here and I’m looking forward to going into another department for my third placement. I also enjoy being able to apply my experiences in seminars, working with other degree apprentices and learning from tutors who have lots of industry experience.

What have you learnt so far, during your work placement?

In Audience Research, I learnt how data is used to gain insight about the wants and needs of the BBC’s audiences and how important it is to be responsive to their changing viewing habits. In TV Planning I get to see the business management side of TV and I have learnt how to use the BBC’s broadcast management system. Work can be quite demanding so I have also had to learn how to manage my time well and perform under pressure.

How has your placement helped you with your studies?

We have completed several modules that involve work related projects such as self-managed learning and introduction to research. Being able to draw inspiration from your day-to-day job and create a piece of work which has an impact on the organisation is really rewarding.

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

The thought of completing a degree whilst working can be quite daunting but you get lots of support and the hard work is definitely worth it!