We caught up with student Heri Chiragi to find out how he has been finding his time on our Business Management Degree Apprenticeship sponsored by the BBC.
Why did you apply for the BBC Higher Apprenticeship?
I wanted to jump right into the world of work without compromising on my education. There is a real catch 22 for young people whereby employers want experience and education. Even though as a young person it is more realistic that you’ll have either one or the other.
How did it feel to be chosen?
I honestly thought they made a mistake when they called me back and was speechless for the first two minutes. After I got over the initial shock I must have said thank you 100 times before I frantically took a pen and paper and wrote down details for the next couple steps.
Tell us about your experience at the BBC – what placements have you completed? What’s been your favourite project?
I was placed on the BBC One marketing team for my first placement. Whereby I was pretty much thrown in the deep end by joining one of the largest campaigns which was Strictly Come Dancing. The idea was to encourage the general public to dance and send in videos of them doing so. I was given a camera and the freedom to reach out to dance schools, BBC Staff members and in house talent to film them performing “the strictly” which was an orchestrated dance made for the campaign. The best ones would then be put on an end of series highlight reel. After that campaign finished I moved to a more practical role whereby I essentially worked as a trainee Marketing Co-ordinator, whilst also being fortunate to get external work experience in two different marketing agencies (BBH & Rain Kelly). By far my favourite project was when I got to run the process of overseeing the T.V trial James Martin Christmas Comforts. Was great to see something that I had worked on, show up on T.V!
How do you manage working and studying?
It is certainly tough at times; the workload from both work and university seems to come in waves. Sometimes you’re borderline twiddling your thumbs and sometimes you’re so busy it’s hard to stay focused. Keeping a calm head and starting work early (something I’m not the best at) helps a lot.
What is your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?
It’s a small tight knit university with an admirable level of ambition. The people who run the university clearly want it to be the best. This is seen by its relentless focus on practical industry days and work based learning.
How is studying at Pearson College London helping you get into the world of business?
The university has so many links with reputable companies, such as Unilever, Salesforce, KMPG, Goldman Sachs and Ernst Young. The lecturers really do practise what they preach with the majority of them being actual professionals and not just pure academics.
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