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    Has anybody ever done one these 4 week placements? Do you know if you get and paid and if they are worth doing?

    They have places in Web Development in Manchester so it will be perfect for me. They don't seem to say who they are looking for either? Since I am a web developer and visit the BBC's site everyday I must stand a chance.

    I would imagine they have a lot of people applying though.
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    Has anybody ever done one these 4 week placements? Do you know if you get and paid and if they are worth doing?

    They have places in Web Development in Manchester so it will be perfect for me. They don't seem to say who they are looking for either? Since I am a web developer and visit the BBC's site everyday I must stand a chance.

    I would imagine they have a lot of people applying though.
    I'm thinking of applying as well (to the 'European Specialist Unit').

    If I'm not mistaken you don't get paid. (I read that somewhere)
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    I'm thinking of applying as well (to the 'European Specialist Unit').

    If I'm not mistaken you don't get paid. (I read that somewhere)
    I guess it dosn't matter about the money but it would have been a bonus. My main problem is I can't start till the summer because of uni. Having work experience at the BBC will be good though especialy people that are into new media like me.
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    Has anybody ever done one these 4 week placements? Do you know if you get and paid and if they are worth doing?

    They have places in Web Development in Manchester so it will be perfect for me. They don't seem to say who they are looking for either? Since I am a web developer and visit the BBC's site everyday I must stand a chance.

    I would imagine they have a lot of people applying though.
    I was very, very lucky to get involved in BBC, it was just through chance I offered to do something they didn't have and happened to be looking for (clubnight reviews - see journalism in signature). Getting a work experience placement is difficult, just because there's possibly 50-60 applicants per place, and it'll take about 3 months to hear back. You don't get paid for work experience but the gravitas of experience at the Beeb is far greater than financial reward. Get your foot in the door and you can move into other branches if you prove yourself.
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    (Original post by Jools)
    I was very, very lucky to get involved in BBC, it was just through chance I offered to do something they didn't have and happened to be looking for (clubnight reviews - see journalism in signature). Getting a work experience placement is difficult, just because there's possibly 50-60 applicants per place, and it'll take about 3 months to hear back. You don't get paid for work experience but the gravitas of experience at the Beeb is far greater than financial reward. Get your foot in the door and you can move into other branches if you prove yourself.
    Erm I guess I don't have much chance then. My website is pretty good now though I have coded my own forum from scratch etc so my technical skills are fine, I guess it just depends on my other personal skills.

    Will my lack of work experience count against me? I am not exactly sure what kind of people the BBC want. I have also thought about applying to Granada but they don't seem to have much web stuff.
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    Erm I guess I don't have much chance then. My website is pretty good now though I have coded my own forum from scratch etc so my technical skills are fine, I guess it just depends on my other personal skills.

    Will my lack of work experience count against me? I am not exactly sure what kind of people the BBC want. I have also thought about applying to Granada but they don't seem to have much web stuff.
    It's still worth a shot, but maybe try another route rather than the standard work experience application. Have any contacts? Try emailing or phoning up the local BBCi branch eg BBC Manchester.

    Lack of experience shouldn't be a problem if you can show prove yourself through relevant work ie a design portfolio. I got a place based solely on sample reviews, they didn't know of any past experience or any academic qualifications.
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    Unfortunatley with the BBC it's really not that simple, I managed to wangle my friend work experience there a few years ago as I knew the writer of the Huddlines, I'm also currently applying for some work experience there this summer but even though I have a reference of someone that works there it's going to be VERY difficult to get in.
    Firstly you have to apply via the form on their website, secondly they are chocca, third you have to book like a LOT of free dates for them to even consider you, then even if you get picked you don't get paid, in fact you have to pay for your own food, transport, accomodation etc.
    You have to fill out these silly little boxes about "Why do you feel you deserve a place in this department?" and "What can you bring to the BBC that nobody else could?" etc etc.
    They have about 500 applicants from all over the world everyday, who's parents are rich and can afford to send them from eastern mongolia and put them up in the Ritz while they do their four weeks.
    Good Luck!
    XXX
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    (Original post by Danithestudent)
    Unfortunatley with the BBC it's really not that simple, I managed to wangle my friend work experience there a few years ago as I knew the writer of the Huddlines, I'm also currently applying for some work experience there this summer but even though I have a reference of someone that works there it's going to be VERY difficult to get in.
    Firstly you have to apply via the form on their website, secondly they are chocca, third you have to book like a LOT of free dates for them to even consider you, then even if you get picked you don't get paid, in fact you have to pay for your own food, transport, accomodation etc.
    You have to fill out these silly little boxes about "Why do you feel you deserve a place in this department?" and "What can you bring to the BBC that nobody else could?" etc etc.
    They have about 500 applicants from all over the world everyday, who's parents are rich and can afford to send them from eastern mongolia and put them up in the Ritz while they do their four weeks.
    Good Luck!
    XXX
    i cant agree with u more regarding those stupid questions... I really HATE those silly little boxes.. i wonder why they have ever asked this kind of questions, which are making no sense at all! ppl normally lie to the questions so as to "look better".. anyway, although i also want to work in BBC, getting in is the most difficult bit...
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    (Original post by amazingtrade)
    I guess it dosn't matter about the money but it would have been a bonus. My main problem is I can't start till the summer because of uni. Having work experience at the BBC will be good though especialy people that are into new media like me.
    hiya.. i am also a student of the new media major.. nice to meet u! i am now in Uni of Westminster doing interaction design.
 
 
 
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