Career support

If you’re looking to make the next step in your career, there’s always help at hand.

It can be difficult to know where to start as you think about your career and in a competitive market new opportunities are not always easy to come by.  It’s important to make time to focus on your next steps and use the resources available to help you.  There are several places you can start.

Learn about the industry

Have a look at the BBC Academy website; there is so much information here about working in Journalism, Production, Technology and Broadcast media in general. You’ll find job profiles, skills tips, latest initiative and trends – lots of useful information whether you’ve already got a lot of experience or are just starting out. 

Create your CV or online profile, talk to your contacts and get ready for interview

The Gateway site Career Support (this is a Gateway link) has great information about how to create a good online profile, sharpen up your interview skills and get to know people in or outside the BBC who may be able to help you.  Building contacts in places which interest you can help you find out more about what it’s like to work there, what the current priorities are and how you might fit in.  There are also exercises and tools on this site which will help you look at your transferable skills, your strengths and what you need to thrive at work.

Talk through your career plans with someone

It’s much easier to get clarity about what you want and what your next steps might be by talking through your situation with someone else. This could be a colleague, a manager, a coach or a mentor. More Information about getting support can also be be found on the Career Support site.

Attend a training course

Sometimes it’s difficult to get started – whether it’s working out what you want to do, or cracking on with updating your CV.  There are some specific career workshops open to everyone in the BBC – click here to find out more.  The Academy offers world class training to help you learn new skills or brush up on the latest techniques and trends – take advantage of it.

Apply for a new job in the BBC

The BBC Careers hub allows you to build your own career profile easily, search for relevant roles and browse our resources section which includes video, audio and other tools to support your application. Recruiters will be able to search the system for candidates suitable for internal jobs, attachments and production roles, so as a BBC employee it is vital that you register and create your profile.

Have a short ‘taste’ of another job

If you’re looking to get some experience of another department, find out what another job really involves or simply learn some new skills; we recommend applying for a short-term attachment, job-swap scheme or work shadowing. (These are Gateway links)

When considering your next career move, we provide a lot of support and guidance to help you make the right choices for you. Whether you're looking for a new job at the BBC or elsewhere, we want to help you be proactive. Find out about the services available to you below.