Hello My name is Joe Mander, I am 18, I studied Television and Film Production and this is my story.
Before I went to College I was studying at school, particularly media studies which prompted me to go on to South Essex College to study TV and Film Production. I chose South Essex because the facilities were so much better. Looking at the other colleges they didn’t have has the up-to date equipment that South Essex College has.
My experience at the College was really good, the teaching in particular stood out because all the teachers know what they are talking about. Their industry experience really helps them to teach.
I am currently an apprentice at ITN, one of eight out of 850 that applied. My role here completely varies day-to-day, sometimes I’m doing journalism work, sometimes I’m doing studio work but whatever I’m doing the work contributes to national programmes that goes out to millions of people each week.
I am currently working in studios, which involves me learning with the floor manager, the director and sound and lighting departments. I see what they do and put my knowledge to use by doing their jobs as well.
I definitely think that my time at South Essex College prepared me for what I am doing now, What I learnt there is a massive plus point for working at ITN.
My greatest achievement so far is setting up a local history website, www.beyondthepoint.co.uk, which I set up in 2011. Within a year of running it, It was named the best national community archive, which considering I was 14 at the time was a real achievement. Since then we have been involved in campaign launches in parliament, we have met many people in the history sector including people from the government’s national archives and it’s just been great for learning and showcasing what we can do.
My ambition is to stay on at ITN and be hired as a field cameraman here because I like the idea of traveling and meeting new people every day.
If someone was thinking about which college to go to, I would definitely say South Essex College for this course. I think the facilities and teaching that is provided in Film and TV Production is just the best that you can get and it is actual real knowledge that is going to help you in a career rather than something that isn’t useful.