“For two weeks in August 2018, I joined the Broadcast Multiskilled Operators team at Ideal World (Shopping Channel, Freeview 22). I was trained in lighting sets, preparing the mics, operating the sound mixing desk, operating the vision control unit and finally (and most exciting for me) how to operate the pedestal cameras in the studio.
“My main area of interest is camera operations, so it was very exciting to have the director calling shots in my ear, working with the other operators framing shots and pulling off the moves required. Over my time there I operated on over 60 hours of live television.
“I direct messaged someone working at the shopping channel on LinkedIn and that’s what sparked this placement. I was given the contact details for their operations manager and after an email and a copy of my CV the placement was arranged.
“LinkedIn can be the most powerful tool, if used correctly. Build a strong profile and connect to as many people as you can by searching for a job role you are interested in. By adding people and messaging them you are establishing real connections with industry professionals. It is also a digital CV allowing anyone to view your career interests and previous experience. Always remember that if you don’t ask, you don’t get, reach out to as many people as you can, you have no idea where it will take you.
“What I most enjoyed about the placement was learning from industry professionals on the job as a team member. The best moment for me was when my camera’s light lit up red for the first time, I was live broadcasting to the nation! The thought of people sat at home watching my shot made me so proud. I know it is only TV shopping, but tens of thousands of pounds can be made in an hour slot so every shot counts.
“This experience has been invaluable to my skillset - it’s given me contacts, and a potential job.”