How to become a sound engineer: Matilda's story

Meet Matilda and find out about life as a sound engineer with the BBC. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

Don't be scared to ask questions. It's a great way to learn.

  • As a sound engineer for a BBC radio unit, Matilda works in the studio on sessions or radio programmes for drive-time and breakfast shows. She also goes out on the road, working on Outside Broadcasts (OBs) and festivals

  • At sixth form Matilda did a Broadcasting course, then applied for one of the BBC apprenticeship schemes. She says that technical skills come with time and the skills you really need are:

    • good team building skills
    • good communication skills
    • resilience
    • being able to adapt to changing environments
  • Matilda says that, although it's a male-dominated field, women shouldn't be disheartened and if it's a career that appeals to them they should just go for it!

Find out more about Matilda's career journey and her role with Radio 3.

What to expect if you want to be an engineer

  • How many people work in the engineering sector?
  • What can you earn in different roles?
  • What routes can you take to get in?
  • Is the demand for engineers expected to grow in the future?

Watch the film to find out the answers to these questions, and much more!

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