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  • My Experience of with Autism and the BBC

    My Experience of with Autism and the BBC

    The BBC has been one of the most supportive companies I’ve worked for. They’re always willing to listen to my additional needs and accommodate. Both the managers and team members. They work with my autism, not against it, in order to help me produce my best work and thrive being my authentic self.

    I’ve never felt like I’ve had to mask or hide my autism within my role as everyone has been so understanding. Throughout my life I’ve had to mask my autism, pretend to be “normal” in order to avoid judgement. I’ve never felt this way in this role. They’re always ready to listen to me and help to understand me further. The BBC go the extra mile to make sure I feel comfortable and included both working from home and when I’ve been in the office. I’ve had extra 1 to 1 meetings with managers to discuss additional needs which have been met without judgement and posthaste. Having autism isn’t easy, everyday is different with a unique set of challenges but…

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  • Dan - Autism, Pride and Me

    Dan - Autism, Pride and Me

    A few months ago, I always used to feel a bit of a fraud saying that I had Autism. The reason behind this was because my Autism didn’t really affect me on a day to day basis anymore. I had been able to lead a relatively ‘normal’ and happy life for several years after having CBT and counselling therapy when I was 16. It was almost as if my Autism was an invisible friend/passenger that I could pull out to use to my advantage when needed i.e. remembering facts and trivia for quizzes or entertaining my work colleagues on our lunch break by being able to remember the release year of every movie they presented to me.

    It was out of nowhere that my Autism and some of the complications that can come with it came back with a vengeance in the last few months almost out of nowhere. I began to encounter difficulties with my placement and studies at the BBC even more so strange as the BBC has always been 110% behind me and my Autism – they have basically never let my…

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  • Ben Barnett - Why having a disability is not a barrier to success

    Why having a disability is not a barrier to success

    Broadcast Operator Apprentice Ben Barnett reveals what it was like to join the BBC as an apprentice with a disability during the pandemic.

    If you told me a few years ago, that I would be joining the BBC during a global pandemic, I would not have believed you…

    Hey! My name is Ben Barnett and that is exactly what happened to me – I am a Broadcast Operator Apprentice based in London and I am profoundly deaf with cochlear implants.

    To this day I find it surreal for me to say I work for the BBC. For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by how the television programs, radio shows and other forms of production are created.

    Like the rest of the world, the BBC has had to adapt and make changes to keep everyone safe. This has resulted in me occasionally working both from home and in buildings. However, this has not jaded my experience so far and I put this down to the tenacity and professionalism of the organisation.

    So far, I…

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  • Miriam Barker - Apprentice of the Year

    Meet the Apprentice of the Year!

    Meet Digital Journalism Apprentice Miriam Barker, who has been announced as the QSA Apprentice of the Year.

    A huge congratulations to Digital Journalism Apprentice Miriam Barker on being announced as the QSA Apprentice of the Year, as well as winner of the QSA Creative Industry Award. The awards, run by the Quality Skills Alliance, celebrate success and…

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  • Carolyne O'Reilly- “I am transgender”

    I joined the BBC as a 37-year-old graduate trainee in 2000 after university, I was a rather mature student, and it was not until January 2019 that I felt I could come out as transgender; for many reasons, although I knew my gender identity was not the same as other boys as young as 6, I just did not know why, as then the World Wide Web was still many years in the future.

    When I told two…

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  • 'Growing up in Pakistan, I never thought that I'd be working at the BBC' by Rimshah Razzaq.

    When I was growing up in Pakistan, I never thought that one day I'd be working at the BBC. Moving to England was a massive change as a 12-year-old; I had to learn a new language and culture while battling an identity crisis.

    At 16, I wanted to join the army - crazy I know! But my media teacher knew I was made for the broadcasting world and encouraged me to apply for a media apprenticeship. That’s…

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  • 'I wanted children but I also wanted my career’ by Bonnie Hastings

    My name is Bonnie, I am 37 and a married mum of two girls who are aged 3 and 4. I am also disabled. I was not born disabled, but about 12 years ago I was diagnosed with a type of inflammatory arthritis (autoimmune disease) called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), and more recently a pain condition called Fibromyalgia. It is a hidden disability which causes chronic pain stiffness and swelling in my…

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  • Apprentice #lockdowndiaries – Emily Saffron, Software Engineer Apprentice

    Hi! I’m Emily Saffron and I started as a software engineer degree apprentice based in London in September 2020. I’ll finish with a degree in digital and technology solutions – as well as 3 years of work experience!

    Of course, my scheme has had to adapt this year. I am yet to enter a BBC building or meet anyone in person. However, this hasn’t left me lonely or unsociable, from the beginning I have…

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  • ‘’Always be your authentic self, it’s more hassle pretending to be someone else’’- Dan O'Brien, Management Apprentice

    ‘’Always be your authentic self, it’s more hassle pretending to be someone else’’

    Hello, My name is Dan and I am a 30 year old apprentice currently working at the BBC on the Chartered Management Degree scheme. Since my scheme began, I have worked in the Children’s department and worked in the TV team with the Media Planning department (Marketing & Audiences).

    When I was told that I had been one…

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  • My first Year as a BBC HR Apprentice- Rebecca Dawes

    Rebecca Dawes

    We caught up with Rebecca, our HR Apprentice to hear how her first year has been, particularly in the middle of a global pandemic.

    1. How has your first year went as an HR apprentice?

    My first year as a HR apprentice has been quite different to how anyone could of expected due to the pandemic however I have still enjoyed every minute! Over the past year I have had the opportunity to work in a…

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