Ranel Felix from London was unemployed, trying to get his first job in journalism when he signed up to Media Trust’s youth programme, Creativity Works. The programme is a free, intensive 10-week crash-course of high-impact media and creative masterclasses as well as employment skills training for media-focused young Londoners who are not in employment, education or training. Ranel shares his story below.
Before I started the Creativity Works programme, I was looking for a job in news and current affairs. I never imagined I would learn so much from my training at Media Trust. From pitching creative ideas to soft skills such as preparing a CV and interview practice; being a trainee on one of Media Trust’s youth programme is a truly unique experience.
I was exposed to so many opportunities such as visiting Spotify, Google and Amazon and attending masterclasses on a wide range of topics. If I has gone straight into an internship at a media or creative agency before participating in the programme, I doubt I would have had the same opportunity to see the breadth of what the media and creative industry has to offer.
All the skills and experiences I gained were so valuable and have continued to positively influence my career.
I was exposed to so many opportunities such as visiting Spotify, Google and Amazon
After Creativity Works
After I completed Creativity Works and another one of Media Trust’s youth programmes which taught me about about camera handling and editing, I was a runner at a drama company.
Through Media Trust’s support, I was fortunate to gain an internship at CNN. Whilst interning, I was inspired to do more filming, so once I finished my internship at CNN, I went freelance to focus on documentary making.
Due to my previous internship experience with CNN, I was then able to return to take on a new role as a journalist in the news department.