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At the beginning of March, the BBC held an event called ‘Get In!’ at their Birmingham office for a select group of students from three different local Universities, including UoB. The purpose was to signal the opening of two exciting trainee schemes in Journalism and Production, and to share top tips for submitting a successful application.

The production and journalism trainee schemes open for applications on 13th March 2017. You can find more information on their website. You can apply for more than one scheme. It is a predictable two-stage application process: you apply online and then you will be invited to an assessment centre if successful.

Application Tips from the panel

  • For the production/journalism scheme, we are looking for three things. Potential, drive and creativity. Think about how you demonstrate these in the body of the application.
  • You need to have some opinions about content. Speak your own truth, don’t tell us what you think we want to hear. Write in your own voice!
  • Situation and judgement tests – these are not trick questions, don’t worry about these.
  • Applications with bad grammar and spelling will go in the bin!
  • We want to see evidence of your passion for television. Talk about what you’ve done in your free time that’s relevant. For example, talk about your creativity, social media activity, what you watch, blogs you write etc.
  • Typical interview questions could include: What do you think is important to make a TV show successful? What have you not enjoyed?
  • Be authentic, be yourself. You can only be 100% you. Don’t compare yourself to others who are applying. You have a unique point of view which is valuable.
  • We really welcome people with specialist interests – we see few applicants with a particular interest and it’s more attractive than just saying you are interested in the media. That’s a given!
  • If it’s not adding, it’s taking away. Don’t go for clichés about how good you are working in a team or on your own. We want to know who you are. Story telling is what we are all about.
  • Assessment centres have three components: interview, group exercise (creative task) and another creative activity. You’ll probably need to produce a video as part of the application.
  • In the group exercise, the word to take into your heart is participation. Observers are not mind readers! Sell your skills!

Final key message from the panel: We want all different types of people to apply. Whatever your background or situation, it is definitely worth applying!

Other useful information

The BBC academy website is a useful site as it is home to skills development and training schemes.

If you want to apply for a job as a runner, direct approaches are always the best way.

There is an ‘Extend’ scheme for people with disabilities who apply.

Help from Careers Network

Psychometric tests – for help with these visit our Psychometric Testing Canvas course

Applications and CVs – look on the Canvas Careers course (select ‘Arts and Law’ and then your school) and click on ‘Making Applications’ for advice. You can also book a 20 minute appointment with an adviser.

Assessment Centres – we have lots of advice on our careers course (see above) and also run workshops on assessment centres too. Find out when our next ones are running.

BBC Three:

BBC Three are moving to Birmingham hopefully by 2018. In 6-10 months’ time there will be jobs available. You should show you have a thirst for what makes young people tick if you want to apply.

Before applying, the panel suggested to research, watch the content – what do you like and what would you change? Think about it critically. Have a unique point of view about the channel.

Follow @BBCGetIn on Twitter for more news and updates!


– Sarah Hughes, Placements Officer