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TRAINING WORK EXPERIENCE: WHAT DO STUDENTS REALLY THINK? Graham Reed Chairman of the ITTP (Institute for Training in Television Production). As a Lighting Director I often light a large debate show for BBC World at the Emmanuel Centre, London, this show then has the potential audience of 80 million viewers, though I have no idea how many people actually watch it! I have always had students working on these types of shows as there can be a lot for them to learn. Recently I thought I would find them by using the really good ‘KitPlus search for a student’ web site, from this I found 4 students. After the show asked them to write a review of the day. This is what they said: Stefan Varbabov I had the chance to be a part of the Lighting team on the BBC World IQ2 debate last Monday. Actually studying at the University of Arts (UAL) (LCC London), my career objective is to work for TV so it was a unique experience to collaborate with a such professional team in an amazing TV event. I had to work indeed with high technology equipment, various types of lights, ND gels and diffusers. I could put in practice my knowledge and my skills and develop them as my experience with lighting was limited to projects within the UAL. Working on a live show was a new challenge, very exciting! The margin of error is limited so it needs lots of concentration and communication with colleagues is essential. It was really enriching working alongside professionals giving their best for the production. The team was very helpful, giving me lots of tips and advices and they took time to explain the process of the live debate TV show. I was working very close to the camera crew so I had the chance to see how they work as well. This experience was an opportunity for me to create a good networking and I look forward to future collaboration with BBC and Graham Reed. It is indeed a real institution in the TV sector as it offers high quality programs with 32 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 120 December 2016 the most passionate and highly qualified staff. Thank you for this amazing experience, I really enjoyed it. I have learned a lot and I look forward to hear from you in the near future. Tom James So what is the big deal about work experience? After graduating from University back in 2015, it truly dawned on me the difficulties of securing stable employment in the creative industries. I now find myself at 22 years of age, in possession of a 2:1 BA(Hons) Photography and Video degree, trying to find my professional direction. Universities will teach you how to use their equipment, how to present to groups and how to create and sustain personal projects. It becomes apparent, however, that employers want real-world experience. I find people without degrees surpassing me in an industry I feel I should be better prepared in. Why? Because those 3 years I spent at university, they spent working on real TV/film sets. The 3 years I attended tutorials with lecturers, they spent networking and meeting those who can help them to climb their career ladders. They have the advantage of learning directly from the industry, as opposed to learning about the industry. The day spent with Graham and the lighting team has taught me the processes behind converting a room into a television studio. From unloading the van, to running the cabling, diffusing the lights and making final adjustments, the day was a fantastic opportunity to network with professionals in the lighting, audio and camera departments. The shoot provided an invaluable insight into the sheer scale of work involved behind the scenes of production. My discussions with Graham have made it clear that I have a lot to learn and the best way to achieve this is by doing, by learning on the job, by volunteering my time in exchange for the skills required for a career within this exciting world. I am very much looking forward to future BBC debates and any valuable experience I can gain.