How to become an assistant media scheduler: Natasha's story

Meet Natasha and find out about her life as an assistant media scheduler at the BBC. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

Education is very important but I think experience is the number one thing.

  • Natasha plans and the schedules promotional content across the BBC, mainly for BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer
  • She started her career with a social media internship while at university
  • Natasha thinks that the main skills required for her job are organisation and the ability to give attention to detail. These help her to keep track of lots of pieces of content, and ensure that the content is spelled correctly, branded correctly, and looks right.

A similar role to Natasha's is advertising media planner. Advertising media planners decide which media is best suited to advertising their client's products or services.

What to expect if you want to be an advertising media planner

  • Advertising media planner salary: £18,000 to £60,000 per year
  • Advertising media planner working hours: 37 to 39 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be an advertising media planner ?

  • Typical entry requirements: You'll usually need a one to two A-levels (or equivalent) for a foundation degree or a higher national diploma and two to three A-levels (or equivalent) for a degree in related subjects like Advertising and Marketing, Statistics or Operational Research, Communication and Media Studies, Business or Management, or Psychology.

You could also get into this job through media executive advanced apprenticeship with five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and Maths.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

Find out more on the Prospects website about the role of a media planner.

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