BBC Bitesize Trip

Students from Yr 9 & 10, nominated by teachers, went to the BBC Bitesize Roadshow, which focused on Creative Careers.

The roadshow was hosted by Presenter Jonny Nelson, who recently fronted CBBC’s live Saturday morning children’s show – Saturday Mash-Up.  Amongst many other projects, he has presented digital campaigns for O2 and Primark and presents the Football Show.  He has worked for Channel 5 and ITV.

Jonny introduced 3 guests.  A Researcher, who has been working for 999 Rescue Squad and the BBC1 River Walks series.  A Freelance Lighting Director, who has worked for the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, on shows including X Factor, Strictly and The Apprentice.  Finally, a Visual Effects Supervisor, who has experience in period dramas, sci-fi and worked for Netflix.

The guests talked about their career ideas when they were at school, and how their careers then developed.  They highlighted skills required and subjects that were important for their respective jobs, such as communication, being practical, like working with others, having tolerance, problem solving and listening.  They commented on how they can see the subjects they studied at school are valuable in their work – English, Maths, Physics, History, DT, Performing Arts, Photography.

There were a selection of comments made during the show which might be worth remembering –

“If you have a creative itch, you might want to scratch it”

“If you feel over-whelmed with work or deadlines, be organised, write things down and create a sense of order to follow”

“It’s good to be scared sometimes”

“Take opportunities”

“Choice and change – choose to do things that you are interested in”

The BBC Bitesize website has lots of information for students and their families which includes careers, subject guides, exam tips, quizzes, My Bitesize and revision advice.