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What are you working on at the moment?
In my current team, we are developing the BBC iPlayer smart TV app. The most recent feature I have been working on is the creation and release of trailers. These are short, skippable clips promoting to users upcoming and available shows in iPlayer that are shown before a selected episode.
This was a very exciting feature to develop as it was released to users in different variants, so we can measure how well different implementations of trailers affect our users' viewing behaviour, to inform which variant should be used when the feature is released fully to all users.
What are you most proud of since starting the Software Engineering Graduate Scheme?
The piece of work that I’m most proud of so far came from working in the BBC Sport mobile apps...
Business Management Apprentice
I always believed I had the potential to become a manager and leader but knew I didn’t have the tools to get me there. Where I previously worked, there wasn’t a lot of opportunity to explore or develop my skills so I needed to find a place that I could do both. So, when I saw the business management apprenticeship advertised, I took my chances, applied and I am so glad I did!
It’s only been a month and I have already learned so much from those around me. Everyone is willing and eager to help and advise you on how to get where you need to be. What’s more, is that you’re treated like one of the team not just an apprentice. There is never a dull moment, as every day is different and everyday you are challenge but it’s great as the best way to learn is to get stuck in. In just four weeks I have been to the one show, seen Rod Stewart in the flesh, talked business with Aaron Banks and had a chat with the director general himself; Tony Hall. There are plenty of opportunities to mix with the best and top people in radio, TV, film, news and much much more.
BBC Paralegal Apprentice
I remember when I received the initial call, I was fast asleep and after waking up an hour later, I checked my phone only to see an unknown number and a voicemail at which point I thought “could it be true”. I rang the number back and having a croaky voice didn’t stop me from shrieking in excitement. I immediately told my mum and we spent about 10 minutes crying but then I had to go back upstairs to revise for my A Level exam.
My name is Marjana Uddin and I am a future Solicitor Apprentice and Paralegal at the BBC and this is my apprenticeship story;
During sixth form, I was focused on applying to university and attaining a law degree in order to qualify as a solicitor the traditional way. After achieving all five of my university offers and selecting my firm and insurance choice, I came across the BBC Paralegal Apprenticeship which I applied for to keep my options open (I wish I had seen it sooner). Much to my surprise, I secured the job and found myself withdrawing my dream university place to study law to instead, pursue a Paralegal Apprenticeship.
As a Paralegal Apprentice, I worked in three, eight month placements in BBC Employment, BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios. As...
Broadcast Engineering Apprentice
What is it like being a woman in an engineering job? Absolutely no different to being a man in an engineering job.
Your technical ability doesn’t depend on your gender and each individual has their own skillset to bring to the table. Within our cohort of broadcast engineering apprentices, we all started from different backgrounds, some straight from school like me and others having previously worked or trained within the industry, so the skill levels were wide and varied – across both the guys and girls. We’ve all had to learn new things and adapt to new situations in work and at...
BBC Wales Apprentice
In August 2017, I had an email from the Talent Team for Unscripted Productions offering me an interview for their apprenticeship, I was speechless. To be honest I was unaware of the BBC Apprenticeships that were open at that time. I had originally applied for another apprenticeship and was invited a long to an assessment day that was run by Sgil Cymru. Whilst there I was speaking to some of...
After her first application for the DJA was rejected, Chanise Evans applied again and now shares her experience of being on the scheme
Digital Journalism Apprentice
Just be yourself!
The biggest misconception about the BBC is that you already know what they’re looking for. The first piece of advice I give to everyone is to just be yourself! We’ll never know what people are looking for; as much as we all think we’re mind-readers. I thought I never stood a chance at working here - especially after my first application for the Digital Journalism Apprenticeship was rejected. But I’m not a quitter, and if there’s anything you can’t be in this industry is a quitter. Just keep trying - it doesn’t matter how many times.
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What inspired you to join the scheme?
When I was at Sixth Form, I was bombarded by the idea of going to University and once I’d figured out I performed better in practicals than exams in pretty much all of my subjects, I realised it wasn’t for me. I saw the course online and submitted an (admittedly hastily compiled) application minutes before the midnight deadline. A huge part of the appeal...
Digital Journalism Apprentice
The moment I found out I’d got a place on the digital journalism scheme in 2016, I was lost for words. I didn’t know if I should cry or scream with excitement. I was on the path to achieving my dream career and I couldn’t be happier. It was the start of a turning point for me.
The last five years have been some of the most difficult years of my life. In 2013 my life changed forever. I lost my...
Millions around the world watched it, tweeted about it, and snap chatted it. That, of course being the 2018 Royal Wedding. However, few were lucky enough actually to be inside the grounds, working on the broadcasting aspect, ensuring those around the world got the best coverage possible.
The broadcasters descended into Windsor a week before the wedding itself. Working for radio, Monday and...
Every year in May, thousands of lawyers, paralegals, and apprentices descend on Central London to walk (or run!) 10k in the London Legal Walk. This year, I joined the BBC Legal Team in the march to promote access to justice and to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust.
I joined the BBC as a Legal Trainee in September 2017. Since then I have been involved with a wide variety of work,...