Our music and media students got a fascinating insight into the world of broadcasting when they were visited by two BBC radio presenters.
Simon Berry and Michaela Wylde are part of the team which produces and presents the BBC Introducing show in Shropshire, showcasing up and coming local music talent.
They gave an insight into their career journeys and current roles, and shared some top tips on how to get a job in creative industries – or get new music and media seen and heard.
The event was also streamed live to students at Telford Priory School, and the recording has been made available to other local schools.
Simon is a former Telford College student who studied music technology at the former King Street campus.
He now combines work with BBC Radio Wales and the BBC Introducing in Shropshire show, and has worked as a producer for national radio trailblazer Janice Long.
Michaela, who studied music at Thomas Telford School sixth form, taught music in secondary school and became a full-time musician – with BBC Introducing playing an important role in helping to get her music heard.
She said: ‘It was great for Simon and I to get the chance to share what we do, discuss the routes into the world of radio and answer the burning questions of Telford College’s music and media students.
“We’ve played lots of great music on BBC Introducing over the years from Telford College and we hope to see the latest intake of media creatives also sharing their work with BBC Upload.”
Andy Turner, learner manager for creative and music at Telford College, said: “It’s always brilliant for our students to get the chance to hear first-hand about how the careers of successful presenters have developed.
“Simon and Michaela spoke to students about their own career journey, and explained the benefits of using the BBC Upload portal for their music, which has helped our students to receive a great deal of BBC airplay in recent years.”
Both Simon and Michaela explained how they worked at fast food chain McDonalds before getting their opportunity in radio.
They told students that attitude is the most important thing when it comes to pursuing a creative career.
Their advice was to be ‘wide eyed and bushy tailed’, to give everything a go and show a passion to learn everything.
Prior experience in a broadcast role is less important than life experience, being open, eager and happy to help, they said.
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