Team Leader: BBC
Alumnus Andy graduated in 2010 with a degree in Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering. As a student, he gained lots of experience as a volunteer in LSU Media, which has shaped his career in broadcasting.
When I came to visit, I really liked the campus atmosphere. The common first year across all Electronic and Electrical Engineering allowed me to decide exactly what I wanted to do once I had a flavour of the different subject areas.
Being involved in LSU Media made me realise that this is what I wanted to do as a career. As my degree wasn’t directly related to media or broadcasting, the experience I gained in LSU Media has been key to getting me to where I am now.
Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?
I took a year out in industry as part of my course, and I would highly recommend anyone else to take up that opportunity.
How did your involvement in LSU Media impact upon your Loughborough experience, and how has it helped you since leaving University?
There’s nothing like the buzz of a live broadcast environment, and live TV shows in particular. I can remember some of the broadcasts I was involved in far more than anything from my course!
Being able to experience that pressure and experiment with different ways of doing things, when it doesn’t really matter, means that you can be ready for when you’re in the real world and it does matter.
During my degree, I did a year in industry working for the Siemens Technology Projects team at BBC Television Centre.
After I graduated in 2010, I became one of the Broadcast Engineers at BBC Hereford and Worcester, before moving to the BBC Broadcast Support Centre in Birmingham about 18 months later.
In 2015, I became a Team Leader as part of a restructuring of the first line support team.
It’s really rewarding to sit at home and see/hear something that you’ve made happen.
Because there’s often an absolute deadline for things to get to air, everyone pulls together to make sure it happens on time. A lot of things, in particular at the BBC, work on good will and you often see people going well beyond the call of duty.
It sounds strange, but I love it when things go badly wrong and you’re the only one who can sort it! It’s a great feeling when you can fix it, hopefully without the audience noticing.
I would certainly like to stay working in a role where I can have an immediate impact on broadcast.
A few years ago, I was the only person on shift on Christmas Day and there was a programme due to go out across the whole country. Unfortunately, the person who was meant to play it out didn’t turn up, so I had about 10 minutes to find and load the pre-recorded programme so all 40 local radio stations didn’t suddenly go silent. It was a relief when I made it on time!