Volunteer Career Guidance Session: Report
By Rosie Barker (Volunteer – Sheffield Hallam University – recent graduate)
This year CMC invited all the volunteers to a career guidance session. Volunteering at CMC is all about getting a feel of the kids’ media world and meeting people, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. The session, produced by David Twyman, and chaired by Helen McAleer of Walker Books, had 3 speakers who have been in the business for years speaking about the highs and lows of getting to where they want to be.
- Mike Dee, Director of Content, Coolabi
- Dan Good, Managing Director, Absolutely Cuckoo
- Jackie Edwards, Executive Producer, CBeebies
Each gave us a short explanation of their careers to date.
Jackie started out with a PhD in Pharmacology before becoming a PA for a producer. She went freelance, gained more experience and ended up as Exec Producer for CBeebies. We were impressed.
Dan Good went into publishing from Art School and just happened to pick up the home phone number for Peter Firmin, the creator of Bagpuss. From there he went on to be a Creative Director, went through a bout of redundancy and eventually came out on top as MD of Absolutely Cuckoo.
Mike had a similar story, starting out in marketing before being made redundant and then working his way up through positions from marketing the EuroDisney launch to working with the BBC and Walker Books.
All the speakers agreed that no experience, however small, is wasted.
A lot of their jobs seemed to come from word of mouth, hearing the right thing at the right time or meeting a good ‘connection’. But the bottom line was this: recognition comes from passion, hard work, and the ability and bravery to try anything that comes your way.