Media student proves he is 'Work Ready'

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Media student proves he is 'Work Ready'

06 October 2014

BTEC Media student Connor Sharod-Southam recently took time out from his studies at college to gain industry experience by assisting Octica Professional Ltd at this year’s Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) at the ExCeL centre in London.

BVE is a broadcast and production technology event which companies use to showcase their new technologies and software. It attracts visitors working within the TV, video, film and audio industries to test and compare the latest products. The show attracts over 350 brands including Sony, Panasonic, Nikon and Canon.

Connor was involved in setting up the broadcast equipment followed by three days of staffing the stand where he answered questions and offered advice to customers.


Connor made a very positive impression on Octica Director Spencer Doran who wrote a glowing reference to Connor’s tutor Denise Meller. He said:

“Connor is a real credit to you and your college as he demonstrated a depth of knowledge and professionalism that is hard to find in many people who are both older and more experienced. His presentation skills and general attitude were very much appreciated not just by us but also by visitors. We also received many positive comments from other exhibitors too.”

As a result of the impression Connor made during this placement he has since been in discussions with Octica regarding a full-time role after he completes his studies in June.

Connor enjoyed the experience and learned a great deal from it:

“Working for Octica at BVE was an overall great experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. It gave me my first real-world experience of the modern day media industry - an insight that will be priceless to me in the forthcoming years. It has really inspired me to take my career in my own hands.

“When I began college I was a very 'keep myself to myself' person. However, after working on different things such as the 'Work Ready' project my confidence has improved exponentially. Without this, I would have struggled to accomplish what I did at the show.”

Connor worked on the ‘Work Ready’ project with fellow media students and employers to create a DVD to get the message across to young people about improving their employability. This DVD has received praise from the Prime Minister David Cameron and local MP Dr Phillip Lee and is now being used in schools throughout the area.

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