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10 Things I wish someone had told me when I joined BBC

'Future Voices' is a Scheme during which you can have a chance to experience life at the BBC as a journalist and the applicants are usually young and passionate students. Three years ago when (for the first time) I was invited to talk about my job to 'Future Voices' I asked myself should I explain my job description or shall I empower them with the lessons I have learnt over time? The result was this presentation: 10 things I wish someone had told me when I joined BBC
This year I talked about these lessons for the third time.

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10 Things I wish someone had told me when I joined BBC

  1. 1. 10 Things I wish someone had told me when I joined BBC 17 April 2018 Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor - Near East Hub, BBC World
  2. 2. I joined BBC in 2008: Who am I? I studied journalism in Iran and worked for major news agencies there Radio & Online PTV Digital I was a senior broadcast journalist when I left BBC Persian. Before that I was their leading digital video producer and YouTube Editor DigitalDigiHub Near East Hub Digihub and BBC Africa gave me opportunities to strengthen my digital skills and stand out in a big pool of digital journalists I am now Near East Growth Editor, working with 5 language services in our region to help them improve their digital performance Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  3. 3. Depending on what platform I am working on (Radio, TV, Online, Social media, Chat apps, etc.), I use different sets of skills, but there are 10 learning points that have always helped me to thrive and be the best version of myself! someone unforgettable for many :) Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  4. 4. 1. Don’t wait to be noticed Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  5. 5. I wasn’t used to talking about my projects until I noticed that always there is a search for talent. Sometimes one editor is looking for someone to take care of a project exactly similar to what you are already doing. If you have impressive content or projects you’re working on , TALK about it Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  6. 6. 2. Don’t wait to be given what you want: ASKMaryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  7. 7. Believe it or not, your editors have hundreds of tasks to take care of. If they haven’t offered you that one project that you passionately want, go to them and ask for it. BUT remember to explain why you are the best person to do that job. Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  8. 8. 3. The rules & boundaries are NOT the same for everyone Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  9. 9. There have been times that I did the main part of a project and someone else was the only person who got the credit. In short time you might be disappointed, but over the time everyone will notice who is the main player! Some people will be oversold as success icons for whatever reason, some people will be constantly overlooked. Just move on and be your best... Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  10. 10. 4. Be curious Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  11. 11. I used to follow all the rules and do my job the way others have always been doing, but I was noticed when I started doing things differently. Always ask: How can I do THIS better; how can I do this differently to have better impact? Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  12. 12. 5. Ignore negativity; Avoid Toxic people Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  13. 13. As you try new ways of doing things, you will face people who want to stop you. They are either scared or intimidated and arguing with scared or intimidated people will just waste your valuable time. Remember: There will always be voices (inside and outside your head) saying ‘NO,’ ‘You can’t’ or questioning your initiatives. Just leave them in their own world Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  14. 14. 6. Numbers are your best friends Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  15. 15. I used to jump on projects whenever I can and just do the labour work. But when I started as Persian’s YouTube editor, Esra Dogramaci who was leading YouTube project for BBC World Service, stopped me and asked: ‘how are you going to define your success? Where are your numbers to prove that?’ Remember: No one can question good numbers; identify your main metrics to monitor and keep tracking them. Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  16. 16. 7. Be a Jill of all trades, but don’t get distracted trying to master every one Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  17. 17. For a period of time, because I had radio, tv and digital skills (my unique selling point at the time) I was expected to take care of a TV project while working on a digital platform. I could do that and I did, but went home exhausted and over time my brain was exploding. Decide what project has your highest priority. This doesn’t mean you say ‘NO’ to others, it means you prioritise then take care of the other projects as you finish your main one. Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  18. 18. 8. Find a mentor Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  19. 19. Find someone you can learn from and someone you trust. Think about someone you idolise. Someone you want to be or someone who had gone through the journey you want to take. Go to them and explain what you are hoping to learn from them and ask for guidance. Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  20. 20. 9. Ask for help Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  21. 21. No one has answers for everything, but always there is someone who can answer your question. Remember: we all need help/support to be the best version of ourselves. Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  22. 22. 10. Don’t be afraid of failure Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  23. 23. We will be stronger if we turn each unsuccessful attempt into a lesson to learn. Failure teaches you how not to do things Maryam Ghanbarzadeh - Growth Editor- Near East Hub, BBC World
  24. 24. Good Luck
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    Apr. 28, 2018

'Future Voices' is a Scheme during which you can have a chance to experience life at the BBC as a journalist and the applicants are usually young and passionate students. Three years ago when (for the first time) I was invited to talk about my job to 'Future Voices' I asked myself should I explain my job description or shall I empower them with the lessons I have learnt over time? The result was this presentation: 10 things I wish someone had told me when I joined BBC This year I talked about these lessons for the third time.

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