We caught up with student Jenny McHale to find out how she has been finding her time on our Business Management Degree Apprenticeship sponsored by the BBC.
Why did you apply for the BBC Higher Apprenticeship?
I have always wanted to work in a creative industry and I wanted to further my management and leadership skills. I never went to Uni when I was 18 but have always wanted to do a degree; the combination of working in an exciting industry whilst completing a BA (Hons) Business Management really appealed to me.
How did it feel to be chosen?
Originally I didn’t get accepted for the BBC scheme and I was really disappointed. Someone dropped out so I got a call 3 weeks before the start date asking if I still wanted the job. I was really excited but a little stressed as I had 3 weeks to relocate to London!
Tell us about your experience at the BBC – what placements have you completed? What’s been your favourite project?
My first placement was working for Business Affairs in Comedy, Entertainment and Events. It involved contracting and paying writers and performers for shows. My second placement was split across two areas in Digital working for the Online Technology Group (the backend of all of our Digital products) and Digital News as a Business Co-ordinator. This was a great way to network as I was supporting over 250 staff. My favourite project at the BBC so far has been to take the lead to produce some diversity and inclusion videos. I have managed the whole process from writing the business case, holding focus groups with a diverse range of staff, organising the filming and actually shooting the videos. As I don’t have a production background it was really fun and interesting to get to manage a production.
How do you manage working and studying?
Whilst I expected the workload to be high, initially it was a shock to the system how much studying you have to do if you want to get good grades. After a little while it becomes the norm and you manage to balance everything. I have learnt to really make the most of the down times and catch up with friends and family at the end of term to avoid burnout.
What is your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?
I really like the fact the classes are smaller sizes to the majority of Universities so you can engage more with the class and lecturers. The standard of lecturers is really high and they always provide useful insight into a range of industries. Hearing examples of the theory being used in practice or what doesn’t work in reality, really assists the learning process and makes the classes more interesting.
How is studying at Pearson College London helping you to get into the world of business?
I already have 10 years work experience so I have lots of business experience. However, it has made me more focused as to what I want to achieve from my career and the degree will be invaluable in helping me progress up the career ladder.
Why did you choose to study at Pearson Business School?
It was part of the BBC Business Management Higher Apprenticeship scheme but I really wanted to obtain a Business degree as I was finding that when looking at advancing my career you often needed a degree. I felt in particular doing a Business degree would give me tools to achieve my career aspirations.
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