Can you tell us about some of your previous work experience?
I’d previously worked on this big conference in Oxford that involved managing over 100 delegates and there was a lot of hospitality, communications, and general organisation. I also ran a few societies at Uni that involved organisation and social media roles too. I’d then taken it upon myself to get more training in the music industry, so I went to study at the School of Electronic Music in Manchester where I was studying music production and DJing and mastering various technical skills.
Has the Kickstart placement shifted your career plans at all, if so, how?
Yes definitely, just being able to work in radio and even with the DJing, it’s really helped me to put myself out there into the world of the music industry, which can be very daunting. Without doing the Kickstart, I don’t think I’d be pursuing the career I am now.
Can you tell us about your role?
There’s a lot to it, there’s the day-to-day variation and then there’s the core skills I’ve been learning and employing throughout. One key area is organisation – I’ve been leading the communications and every month we have over 180 hosts, so I check in with everyone to send out show confirmations, make sure everything is in the schedule and ensure everyone knows what’s happening.
Then there’s the radio production side which is more technical in terms of using the CBJ and mixer equipment and there’s different software – I use Viper, Audio Hijack, OBS, so I’ve been learning a lot about how radio works and the mechanics around it. I also help with events in the new space, so that involves generating ideas, developing marketing strategies and growing the social media presence. I’ve also had a bit of experience in radio hosting and DJing which has been sick.
I think one of the main things for me is working with a tight knit team – working really closely with six people on a day-to-day basis. I’m learning so much from that which is great and it’s been a massive part of this experience. Inevitably when there are problems as well, solution-finding has been a real skills development area for me.