Our new work experience partnership
From video marketing professional Grace Gibbons.
Media and TV work experience opportunities are hard to find. Often it’s about having a personal contact. When I was 17, I was lucky enough to get work experience at Channel 4 through a friend. It was a huge stepping stone, which helped me get onto a leading Broadcasting degree programme.
So when the opportunity arose to work in partnership with the local college of further education to offer work experience placements to their media students, I was delighted to take up the offer.
Students aged 16-18 from City of Oxford College’s Digital Media Pathways BTEC course will undertake 30 hour placements with Bounce. We’ll also be offering them training in CV and cover letter writing skills and advice on how to seek work in the industry.
The first student on the programme is 17-year-old student Imogen Taberner. She is currently half way though her placement and has attended two shoots at Exeter College and Oxford science innovation company, SpyBiotech.
It was great fun to have Imogen on the shoot. I’ve been really impressed by how she has applied herself to this opportunity.
Imogen gave the following feedback on the placement so far: “I’ve learnt about setting up equipment and lighting and the importance of blocking out background noise in interviews. My favourite part so far was when I got to see a professional drone operator at work. It was really new to me and quite exciting.”
“I was also given a camera and asked to take production photos, which I really enjoyed. The experience has helped me learn more about how video production works and gain experience of being on set”.
Iain Landles, Director of Career Pathways for Creative Arts at City of Oxford College, is leading the project at the college. He said: “The opportunity for our students to work with a professional company has been outstanding. Bounce Video is one of those rare companies that works at the cutting edge of the film industry, but also wants to train and help the next generation. City of Oxford College is very fortunate to have such a partner.”
It’s been a pleasure to support someone entering the industry. I’m looking forward to our next shoot with Imogen and to working with more students in the future.