Mia Cottage

Tell us a little bit about you?

Hi I’m Mia, I’m 19 and I am from Essex.

What are you studying?

BA (Hons) Business Management

Where are you working?


Why did you choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

I originally wanted to go to full-time university, but I was worried about the amount of debt I’d be in, moving away, the lack of work experience I’d have and therefore lack competitive advantage I’d have over other graduates and so I decided to apply for a degree apprenticeship at the BBC. Although it’s been incredibly challenging at times, it has been the best decision I have made; I have developed so much as a person and made relationships with an array of different people that will stand me in good stead for my future career – it’s also a bonus that I will graduate with no student debt and am earning a salary too!

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

I think the thing I have enjoyed most about my course is how relevant it is to today’s business market – the lecturers being industry professionals and not just academics really helps to bring this course to life!

The course has greatly enhanced my ability and confidence at work by being able to identify and explore different strategic options and perspectives.

What have you learnt so far during your work placement?

I have had two placements at the BBC so far (I’m halfway through my second one now) and learnt an immense amount. Specifically, I have strongly developed my analytical, communication, project management and leadership skills. I have had the opportunity to work on an array of different projects throughout my time at the BBC, which has not only increased my commercial awareness, but also allowed me to develop my ability to delve deep into problems, explore all potential solutions and build reports that provide significant value to the BBC.

How has your placement helped you with your studies?

In both my current and previous placement, I have really developed my data analysis and research skills which has enhanced my work in my research, self-managed learning and consultancy modules immensely. It really has helped me to hit the highest grades and make my work unique. 

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

Be confident, be yourself and enjoy the process. It sounds cliché and people gave me that advice when I was applying and I didn’t believe it, but companies really like it when you show raw enthusiasm and commitment. Also, do you background research on the company before your interview/ assessment center so that the interviewer/s know that you’re determined to work for the company – you’ll be sure to impress!