If you are interested in pursuing a career in journalism, work experience whether paid or unpaid is very useful and in many cases essential.
Postgraduate pre-entry courses and graduate training schemes are popular routes into these sectors.
On our blog: How To Become a Journalist: Advice From People Who Have Made It
John Hess worked for BBC East Midlands Today between 1997 and 2015 and at a recent Spotlight On event he kindly talked to us about his career and the challenges facing political journalists today.
In this video John talks about his interest in politics and the skills you need to become a journalist. In this competitive area of work, he offers advice on how to impress a future employer.
In this video John talks about the challenges of political journalism, the difference between regional and national reporting and the impact of social media on the profession.
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