The energy of the place, feeling like I was part of a whole industry instead of a very small cog in a tiny enclave. I loved sharing a flat with other people on the scheme from different parts of the industry
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The kudos of being on the Ones To Watch scheme and winning the Pitch gave me an edge with employers, as well as a new sense of self, that boosted my enthusiasm and prospects
Every single person I met had the ability to advance my career. And every single person I met took the time to offer me advice and encouragement. It was brilliant.
Ones To Watch made me appreciate the learning opportunities that came with being where I was in my career. It reminded me that a successful career was one to be nurtured and that I ought to think more tactically about opportunities.
I think the memory that sticks out for me is watching with my Ones To Watch peers as Armando Iannucci delivered the festival MacTaggart Speech. It was a rousing call to arms to save the BBC and our industry
I’m not really from a typical ‘telly background’ and until I did the scheme had always felt a bit self conscious / out of place. I feel the scheme equipped me to far better navigate the industry while still being myself.
I certainly left each session with the knowledge that my success was not foretold by anybody else’s. And perhaps most importantly, that it was OK, advisable even, to simply work hard, and to run my own race.
I’ve been lucky enough to be paired with a brilliant mentor is really committed to my growth and development. I still pinch myself that I was given this opportunity and I know that this is just the beginning.
From taking part in the live pitch (as terrifying as it sounds) to socialising at the end of each day, everything was a learning experience in getting to know the industry and the people in it. It is intense – I would describe it as a non-stop, high octane, crazy train of a week.