What can I do next?

There are many avenues for people working in community radio. One pathway is working in commercial radio – many established broadcasters have learned the trade and earned their stripes by working in community radio, though many established people stay in community radio too!

Careers in radio

See this video about making a career in, or out of, community radio:

Here’s another video interview with Darren Jenkinson, who talks through his career path in community radio, moving from making radio to doing training and helping other people to make radio.


Here’s a description of what a job as a radio presenter involves: http://www.myjobsearch.com/careers/radio-presenter.html


Below is a video of two people who have made a career in media, talking about how they got started.


Here’s a short piece from someone who has started to make a career in radio: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/career-planning/getting-job/on-the-airwaves-how-to-get-a-job-in-radio-884967.html

The Pips is a website with plenty of useful tips on how to get into radio.

See the ‘Additional resources‘ section of this site for current job opportunities in radio.


Courses in radio

BBC Academy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/ (Production and Journalism)

Creative Skillset: http://www.creativeskillset.org/

The Radio School: http://www.theradioschool.com/

Producing content for radio: http://www.oercommons.org/courses/presentation-for-radio/view

Media skills training for public sector and voluntary organisations: http://www.csv.org.uk/learning/media-skills

There are many open educational resources (and courses) on a variety of topics – the trouble is often finding them! OER Commons is a useful signposting and repository site.


Get connected

Talk to other people in the sector who are doing, or who have done, things that you’re interested in doing. It’s often the best way to get ideas, and share advice, thoughts, concerns, dreams.

Community Media Association host several mailing lists: http://www.commedia.org.uk/get-support/cma-email-lists/

Radio Academy: http://www.radioacademy.org/ – professional body for people working in radio