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Keelite of the Month July 2017: Holly Beaumont-Wilkes
2011 English & History
What am I doing now?
Working at BBC Birmingham as a Tour Guide and working for BBC Blue Room as a Technology Demonstrator. I’m also in the BBC Talent Pool which means I get to work on productions all over the country.
How did you get to where you are now?
Lots of hard work and perseverance! I always knew I wanted to work for the BBC so it was just a matter of making it happen. I applied for every work experience placement, every trainee scheme and every job that came up.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Working on Springwatch 2016. I was in a major car crash in 2013 where I sustained significant injuries, so working really hard on my recovery and finally getting a job at the BBC was a massive achievement.
Photo Rigt: On the Springwatch sofa!
And your biggest mistake?
That’s a difficult question. I think probably at times I doubted my abilities and that held me back.
What are your ambitions now?
Director-General of the BBC! I love The Archers so I’d love to work for that department one day. At the moment I’m just looking to build up my experience and contacts in the media.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in a similar field?
Keep going! Apply for everything, build up your skills and learn how to network. You need to develop a thick skin and learn how to handle rejection.
What made you choose Keele University?
When I came on an open day, it just felt right. Everyone was so welcoming and the course looked great. Plus they had a student radio station and the grounds were beautiful (I’m from rural Worcestershire so I get a bit nervous if I can’t see trees).
What kind of a student were you?
A very busy one! I was a major part of KUBE Radio when I was at Keele so when I wasn’t in lectures or working through the reading list in the library, I was in the studio.
How has Keele influenced your life?
KUBE Radio gave me the skills I needed to break into the media. I was also able to do study abroad in Maine, USA and I’m still in contact with the many friends I made over there. I really loved being able to do a joint honours degree and I found the course content really interesting, especially my history specialism in third year which was genocide.
What is your favourite memory of Keele?
One of my favourite memories was writing my dissertation with a group of close friends in the library. There will always be a special place in my heart for the annual KUBE 24 hour charity broadcast. I also had the opportunity to meet Zane Lowe who is one of my radio idols.
Photo Left: Zane Lowe visits KUBE to launch new equipment bought with a Keele Key Fund grant
Photo Right: Holly on KUBE - "Radio-Active Squirrel"
What is your impression of Keele now?
John Easom gave me a tour of Keele a few months ago and I was impressed with the renovations to the Students’ Union. I’m sad that The Pig & Rat is now called Barnes Bar though!
Anything else you would like to add?
If I could do it all again, I would.