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EDUCATION Do a placement after the second year of your degree they said, it’ll be fun they said! Abbie Smith You know what, they were right! THE VALUE OF AN INDUSTRY PLACEMENT Hello there, my name is Abbie Smith and I have just returned from my placement year to conclude my third and final year studying BA Film and Television Studies. Undertaking a placement within your university degree is heavily promoted within the University of Portsmouth, but truth be told I was quite apprehensive about taking a year out to pursue such a thing. I would imagine most students reading this would agree that it’s a big decision to make, and one that takes a bit of time to become comfortable with. Well, can I just state here that it is the best decision I have ever made and it is one that I would strongly suggest ALL students consider doing! My placement saw me applying for a position in NBCUniversal, one of the world’s largest multimedia companies engaged in production, distribution and marketing of entertainment, news and information for a global audience. I got an internship as On-Air Creative Intern which was a pivotal role in the creative team. I created promotional videos for on air and off air, social media assets and marketing reels for the UK and wider European channels. On a daily basis I would watch the different channel content, come up with an idea and edit it to market a new programme, series of films or marketing stunt. I also acted as head runner on many different production shoots for our channels, while also filming behind the scenes reels for the social platforms. Not once was I ever made to feel like an intern, and the longer I worked there, the more I became trusted to submit my own ideas and work on bigger projects. University study is great and I love the degree I am doing, but I think every undergraduate has that little worry in the back of their head about the future and future employment, and one thing a placement does is make employment less of a worry. Although I have not been guaranteed a job after I graduate, I have been told that NBCUniversal would be very pleased to have me back, and that is lovely to hear. Particular high points were when I saw my work on television. I really did feel a sense of achievement when I saw what I’ve worked hard on aired on the UK channels for a wide audience to see. A stand out high point would be all the times I have 38 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 119 NOVEMBER 2016