How to become a media researcher: Mona's story

Meet Mona and find out about her life as a researcher at the BBC. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I really like working for something that I believe in.

  • Mona’s job is to research things for specific projects – that can include coming up with ideas, thinking about the target audience, booking guests, and arranging locations and equipment for filming
  • Mona did a mix of A-levels, including two sciences, English Literature and History. She didn’t really know what she wanted to do, until she got her smartphone and began editing music videos and playing around with stop motion. That made her think about working in the media
  • Mona says good communication and speaking to one another is really important for her job. She regularly works across different teams and wants to make sure she understands what different people need
  • Her advice for anyone wanting to come and work in the media is to ask around and get lots of work experience. Once you get into the industry, Mona says just say yes and get out of your comfort zone, because that’s where all the best things happen!

What to expect if you want to be a media researcher

  • Media researcher salary: £16,000 to £40,000 per year
  • Media researcher working hours: 38 to 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a media researcher?

  • Typical entry requirements: There are no set entry requirements, but you'll usually need two or more GCSEs or equivalent at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) or four to five GCSEs or equivalent at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).
    You can get into this job through a university course with at least two to three A-levels for a degree or equivalent, a college course with level 2 diploma in Creative Media or level 3 diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology, an apprenticeship, working towards this role, applying directly or training with a professional body.

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

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