Anita Khakpour, 25 from London signed up to take part in Media Trust’s Transforming Hidden Talent Programme (THT) in 2019. The programme connects 16-25 year olds in Birmingham, London and Manchester with top media and creative organisations, providing mentoring and masterclasses with the aim of helping them break into careers within the industry. Anita shares her story below.
Before the programme I was in a dead-end corporate sales job which I absolutely hated.
Although I graduated in Media Studies, I had no idea how difficult it was to actually land a job in the media industry. There’s so much competition and I had no contacts. I spent four-years independently applying for every entry-level and graduate media position available with little luck. I was extremely disheartened and had lost faith that I could actually pursue my dream.
I was riddled with depression and anxiety before being accepted onto THT. Working roughly 45 hours a week for a job you despise is damaging to the psyche.
Things began to change
When I started the THT programme, things started to look up. The various sessions at Bloomberg, CNN, Yahoo! and the BBC opened many doors for me.
The invaluable advice I got through the programme transformed the way I view myself
I can now say I work at the BBC
Thanks to the programme, I can now say I work at the BBC as a Journalism Coordinator at Radio 4. I would not be where I am today without the support of the programme and my mentor, Insaf Abbas. Insaf has massively helped me understand the industry and how to break in.
The invaluable advice I got through the programme transformed the way I view myself, the industry and life as a whole. I now wake up every day with purpose, I do not know where I would be if I was still in my old job. I could not be more grateful for the team at the Media Trust and Insaf.
Media Trust’s Transforming Hidden Talent Programme was funded by Comic Relief and Queen’s Young Leaders.