Former Huddersfield New College student Amber Mehmood returned to College this week to deliver an inspiring talk to students about media careers and opportunities within the BBC. She also shared more about how students can break into this competitive industry.
Amber, who graduated from HNC in 2016, has worked across various departments within the BBC over the past few years, and is currently working as Broadcast Journalist and Researcher for BBC Watchdog.
In this exciting session, Amber discussed her journey from HNC to university to the BBC, inspiring our students and giving them a clearer idea of the prospects open to them and what their next steps after College could look like.
In addition, our students were also treated to an inside look at the day-to-day duties of a BBC Journalist, through Amber’s sharing examples of real life briefs that she’s worked on that have been commissioned for broadcast. She also shared examples of her work in both print and broadcast, with an emphasis on the process involved in producing a published piece of content, including pitching an idea successfully.
At the end of the session, our students were truly inspired, as Amber shared some valuable advice on networking, getting yourself and your work noticed and effectively entering the media industry. This was followed by a Q&A session where our students had the opportunity to chat to Amber one on one and gain further beneficial career guidance.
Reflecting on her return to HNC, Amber said: "It was a real privilege to be invited back to Huddersfield New College to give a talk to A Level Media Studies students, in the same classroom I once was taught in. I really enjoyed giving an insight into the journalism industry through sharing details of my career journey thus far and some of my published work. I hope in sharing some of my personal experiences the students feel encouraged and determined to pursue their passions in life and are filled with self-belief that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. It was also wonderful meeting my former teacher once again who had a great impact in instilling the confidence in me that I have today."
Gary Eastwood, teacher of A Level Studies adds: “Amber returning to HNC is definitely one of the highlights of this academic year! Our current students have been genuinely inspired by Amber's visit, and it was a fantastic opportunity for them to hear how they can carve a career in broadcasting too, and how she has managed to break into this highly competitive industry. Amber’s original career plans changed as a result of studying A Level Media Studies, and it was incredible to hear more about how she has gone from strength to strength after graduating from HNC. Her expert advice about TV, Radio and Social Media roles was clear and accessible. She also discussed the resilience and work ethic required to become a success in what is a very competitive industry. I am very proud of how Amber is doing and she will return next year to update us on her latest scoop!”
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