- Milton Keynes, GB
- £8 /hr
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I am a hardworking individual with a passion for communications. I have recently achieved a 2.1 BA Hons in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Hertfordshire,more...I am a hardworking individual with a passion for communications. I have recently achieved a 2.1 BA Hons in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Hertfordshire, including a year studying Communications at Nangyang Technological University, Singapore. During which time I also wrote for the university’s newspaper as a regular columnist. Whilst at university and across this summer I have worked at various companies within the media industry, including the BBC, where I worked at both Radio 4’s The Today Programme and 5Live’s Breakfast Show performing many duties, including producing pieces for publication both online and in print, organising my work so that I could hand it over smoothly and time management to meet deadlines given to me by my editor.
At the Today programme I worked on the planning desk, contacting press offices from diverse backgrounds to investigate stories’ newsworthiness as well as conducting primary interviews to check a speaker’s suitability for radio. An example of other activities I was involved with during my time at the Today Programme was assisting a senior reporter (Evan Davis) with the story of Folkestone Council’s business development programme.
At 5Live I again worked at the planning desk as part of a team developing a wider story on the economic situation • where were businesses showing the early signs of recovery. I found a venue in Northampton that met the criteria necessary for the story, for example being open early enough for the programme and the preceding programme. The key element of this story was finding senior businessmen from the local area whose opinions were relevant to the programme’s piece and who were happy to be interviewed so early in the morning. I also attended a course offered to me by the editor on cue writing • the technique of précising stories for live transmission. It helped me to better understand the real workings of a major communication organisation’s internal system in addition to expanding my broadcast knowledge.
As well as working at the BBC I have worked in various divisions of Sport Business International Magazine a number of times. During one such period I worked on the 100th edition of the magazine researching a feature on the topic of the 100 most powerful people in the world of sporting business. This involved checking the legitimacy of facts and figures and presenting this information in a way that the writers could easily utilise.
Though my main strengths lie in communications I also have experience of administration. Whilst at LogBuy I was tasked with researching information for the sales team as well as maintaining and altering the internal database. During my internships I also had to maintain logs so that any work that I needed to pass on after I left could be easily understood and continued.
I believe that the above examples demonstrate that I am able to work competently on my own initiative and as part of a team. Past employers have commented positively on my interpersonal skills, team-working and use of initiative, as well as my ability to work to deadlines and good time keeping. I have excellent written and verbal communications skills. I have excellent IT skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office and other applications such as ENPS. This is a News/journalism system used by various broadcasting companies which although I had not used previously, I quickly learned how to use it effectively whilst at the BBC. I have a confident and courteous telephone manner which I have honed at my various internships.
As well as the skills already outlined I believe I have others: These include teamwork which is well illustrated by my completion of the Duke of Edinburgh award at two levels. Willingness to help out and being trusted to do so, for example whilst working on Today I was asked to conduct a short interview with the Swiss ambassador at the Swiss Embassy despite being a junior member of staff. I believe I have the experience and commitment to work on programmes like Education Outreach. This is shown by my Coach Of The Year award where I gave up many hours to help coach basketball at my school. My five years at Cox and Robinson’s pharmacy highlights my outgoing and friendly nature as I was repeatedly asked back to work, and finally adaptability as I have worked at various different media companies as well as living and studying in a different continent. In my spare time I participate in various activities including five a-side football and cycling.
Area Covered: Buckinghamshire
Work Experience Summary: Paid Work & Internships:
The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4, Summer 2008
BBC 5Live Breakfast Show, Summer 2009
At the BBC, on both The Today Programme and 5Live’s Breakfast Show the majority of my work involved investigating the background of pieces, checking facts and the newsworthiness of stories. This included following up on various leads by telephoning individuals to assess their suitability to be featured on the radio programmes. If suitable, I would input the details into the planning team’s Outlook diaries. For this role I used various Microsoft office programmes, including Word, Excel and Outlook, and the news system ENPS following basic training.
Sports Business magazine, Summer 2005, 2006 and 2009
At SportBusiness International magazine, I carried out telephone interviews (hand transcribed, not recorded), reworked press releases and checked facts. Whilst there I researched and wrote several pieces, which were published in both the online and print versions of the magazine. This work included interviewing senior figures in the industry both based in the UK and abroad. I believe this highlights my high level of communication skill and my excellent telephone manner, as I was trusted to carry out these interviews unsupervised and received positive feedback from my editor.
Challenge Business, Summer 2005
MKTV (Milton Keynes Television), Summer 2006
In both cases I was tasked with research roles including fact checking and data collection, mainly internet search and then creation of concise and cogent Word documents. With MKTV my work was used to help put together a programme for which I was credited.
LogBuy, Summer 2008
In the Summer 2008 I worked at LogBuy, an office based company dealing with employee and management benefits. My roles included data input using Excel and the company’s own system, and cold calling various businesses to gather data. In these roles I was able to expand upon my Excel skills and improved my telephone manner. Cold calling’ is never easy, but this role did help me develop more effective communication skills.
Cox and Robinson Pharmacy, 2004 • 2009 (Saturdays and holidays)
I worked at Cox and Robinson’s until this summer despite finishing my Saturday role in 2005, I believe this highlights my outgoing and friendly nature as well as the quality of my professional work because I was invited to come back and work during the summer. Despite it being a part time role I managed to achieve a recognised qualification as a pharmacy counter assistant.
Education Summary: Degree Level Education (2005-2009)
BA 2:1 in English Language and Communications,
University of Hertfordshire and Nangyang Technological University (Singapore)
- Linguistic Analysis,
- Language in Use
- Use of Language in Marketing
- Practical Journalism
- Fundamentals of Research
- News Reporting and Writing
Secondary Topics: Tourism and Sport Management
Secondary Education (1999-2005)
A levels: Physics, English Language & Physical Education
GCSEs: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Media Studies, Physical Education.