Capital FM: From Intern To Editor

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Michaela Walters is online content editor at CapitalXTRA.com

Michaela Walters explains how she left Capital FM as an intern and returned as a full-time employee…

It’s been just over a year since I wrote my first blog post for JournoGrads – and what a difference a year makes.

In March 2013 I was just finishing my internship at Capital FM (Global Radio), working on the station’s website. As my two following blog posts document, I’ve since had one internship, one full-time job, and believe it or not (mostly ‘not’ for me) I’ve pretty much come full circle, as I’m back at Global Radio as a full-time employee.

I’m now Online Content Editor at CapitalXTRA.com. My day-to-day job revolves around creating content for the website, manning the station’s social media channels, filming and editing interviews and being a liaison between online and on-air.

Thankfully, I can genuinely say that I love it. Exciting dynamics come with working for a radio station’s website, as oppose to a stand-alone one. I work with everyone from the station’s schedulers and commercial team, to the presenters and producers and the SEO and social media managers.

Most of the time I’m working at a desk, off a laptop, but a large part of my job also means I’m often in the studio feeding the presenters the latest music news, filming interviews with celebrity guests that come in or brainstorming with colleagues about how we can evolve.

When I look back at my year (or two) – all the applications, the phone-calls, the interviews, the hopping from internship to internship or company to company (and back again), there is one thing that sticks in my mind. Interestingly, it’s a passage from Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stamford University speech, which is very relevant to jobseekers and really holds some key advice.

He said: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

Of course, or in my opinion anyway, you can’t rely on ‘gut,’ ‘karma’ and ‘destiny’ alone. Hard work, perseverance and a positive attitude mean everything. But I think any stressed-out journo grad that hasn’t had the smooth path of bagging an entry-level job or a place on a grad scheme should bear Jobs’ guidance in mind.

Don’t worry too much about the five-year, one-year or even six-month plan. Take – and make – the opportunities that you can and smile to your past self when you eventually connect the dots back.

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