Alumni

Libby Dawes, Broadcast Assistant, BBC Sport Online


My first job was the Runner on BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012, a job I truly believe I was successful in getting due to the skills I had acquired while studying for my degree.

Libby Dawes - alumna_400x400 "[When working on BBC Sports Personality of the Year] ... Being able to self-shoot and edit impressed my employers and I was given opportunities to produce behind the scenes packages for the BBC Sport website which has over 20 million unique browsers per week. The evening of the show, I was lucky enough to mingle with the stars backstage and at the after-party. Meeting David Beckham was an obvious highlight!

I then worked for A Question of Sport as part of the editorial team, setting up and filming mystery guest shoots with sports icons such as Victoria Pendleton, Sir Chris Hoy and Dame Kelly Holmes.

Following this, I was given the opportunity to work as a Sport Production Assistant, working on programmes such as Match of the Day, Glasgow 2014, Six Nations, Inspire and I have been lucky enough to travel to Moscow for the World Athletics Championships.

I am now a Broadcast Assistant for BBC Sport Online. In a nutshell, when a broadcast journalist writes a breaking news story, I am part of a team of people who turn it into the finished product you see on the BBC Sport website.

Some great advice I was given during University was it is never too early to start looking for experience and you should never pass up an opportunity to work as a runner because it’s only for one day. You will be shocked how much you learn on that one-day shoot. I was also told to not wait for things to happen and to physically get up and go and create opportunities to progress your career. If you do not, someone else will and they will be the ones who end up with your dream job.

I get excited about going to work everyday and it’s brilliant how much I learn on a daily basis."