How to become a DJ and presenter: Jaguar's story

Meet Jaguar and find out more about life as a DJ and presenter for BBC Introducing. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

My favourite thing to do is to make people dance, so whether that's by playing an amazing dance tune on the radio, or playing at a festival or in a club, just having that connection with people.

  • Jaguar is a DJ and presenter for BBC Introducing. She presents the Three Counties show and also works in the office for the central team, listening to tracks and recommending artists to Radio 1, 6 Music and 1Xtra
  • Having been involved in student radio and enjoying an internship at the BBC in Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Jaguar knew at that point she wanted to work at the BBC. After graduating, she worked as a team assistant for BBC Introducing in Sheffield before moving to London
  • She says that you need good communication skills, good writing skills and creativity for this job. She loves her role as she can use her creativity in so many ways, whether that's working on a documentary, social media, or mixing music.

What to expect if you want to be a DJ and radio presenter

If you want to find out more about what to expect as an DJ, check out National Careers.

  • Radio presenter salary: Variable. You may be self-employed/freelance
  • Radio presenter working hours: 45 to 47 hours per week. You may work evenings and weekends

What qualifications do you need to be a DJ and radio presenter?

  • Typical entry requirements: You can get into radio presenting through a college course, by volunteering, applying directly, or through specialist training courses. You could attend college to learn skills in using sampling equipment, mixers, digital controllers, and decks. Courses include Level 2 Certificate in Music Technology, Level 2 Certificate in Radio, Level 3 Diploma in Creative and Digital Media. You may need two or more GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 3 (A to D) for a Level 2 course or four or five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A to C) for a Level 3 course. You can get experience and build contacts by working on student, community or hospital radio stations, working as a DJ on an internet radio station. You can also find work experience placements through the BBC Work Experience Scheme, or by contacting broadcasters to ask about opportunities. The Radiocentre can help you find commercial radio stations.

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

Discover more on the Prospects website about the role of a broadcast presenter.

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