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EDUCATION #TVFutures by Callum O’Leary I made it! So here we are, the last feature to write for Kit Plus and the end of my time as a BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting student at the University of Portsmouth. I remember my first year at the University fondly. Lecturers and students told me that it would fly by and however clichéd it sounds…it has. The entire experience has yielded so much. These last few months have been incredibly challenging, but I am delighted to have made it through. Since the beginning of the academic year I’ve found myself developing not only as a person, but also as a broadcast professional. I’ve thrown myself into various production roles for our shows that are broadcast live at noon on a Friday via our curriculum centered CCI TV Channel. I’ve often stepped in as a camera or sound operator, floor managing or performed NewTek Tricaster vision mixing duties. Part of working in television means you should be ready to turn your hand to anything. As well as having ideas, I’ve learned that you need to be positive and open to learning new skills. Based on all this, I now feel that I have confidence to to pursue an exciting career in television. Over the last three years, I’ve been given a fantastic insight into television; I’ve gained so much more than just the ability to create and produce television programmes. I now have solid knowledge in many different areas- from encoding videos for different media, raster sizes, video compression and an insight into impressive upcoming technologies like 4K. The sheer speed that the industry is changing gives an incredible buzz, particularly if you’re looking to head into live broadcasting. Since starting University way back in 2012, I’ve been fortunate enough to have a host of opportunities thrown my way- both in and outside of University. Most recently for example, I was given an opportunity to work with ITV Meridian covering the general election. It was an eye- opening experience with regard to the long, sometimes very unsociable hours that the ‘glamorous’ television industry holds. But then it’s moments like that which make me realize how fortunate I was to have been given such an opportunity. I often get told “if you have a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”. Working in television is that job, and the University of Portsmouth has given me the tools I need to take this dream forward. 32 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 102 JUNE 2015 by Simon Bull With May coming to a close, so has my University BSc (Hons) degree in Television & Broadcasting. It has been a tough but rewarding journey and I am gutted that it is coming to the end. When I first joined the University of Portsmouth in 2012, I had a very minor knowledge of the workings of broadcast television and had no real idea on what production role I wanted to pursue. The course allowed me to experiment in literally every television production role, and over the three years has revealed my passion for both camera operating and producing. The course has given me a detailed practical insight into the television industry, providing me with the opportunities to work for real clients and produce live television programmes weekly. I am incredibly proud of the work I have produced, in particular a final year documentary I produced with two course mates titled ‘The Team’ that follows a professional paintball team on their journey readying for the season. I’d like to consider staff members Charlie Watts and Katie Still as friends rather than lecturers, as they have been incredibly supportive throughout my university life, and their professional experience has taught me greatly. I am sad to see this stage of my life end but I am excited to see what the future holds. With the support of my degree under me, I have found work as a freelance logger and production assistant at IMG for the European Tour Productions golf team. It’s a fun and exciting role that so far has allowed me to travel around Europe. I hope to continue working within televised sport with the ultimate career goal to work within Formula One coverage.