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Charlie Henneker

My time at SOAS helped me to succeed in this role by teaching me that nothing is impossible and that relations with people are often the key to success.

Year graduated from SOAS
2008

Programme studied
MA South Asian Area Studies

Current job title, name of organisation and country of work
Acting Senior Producer, BBC Worldwide, UK

What do you like about what you do? Please include the aspects of your work that current SOAS students might be interested in.
I like the level of creativity involved and the challenge of creating work that will be seen by different audiences around the world; tailoring content to suit this variety is a constant condition of the job.

How has your time at SOAS helped you succeed in this role? You may also wish to include other experiences that have helped.
My time at SOAS helped me to succeed in this role by teaching me that nothing is impossible and that relations with people are often the key to success. It's given me the ability to take on new and challenging situations and respond to them in a calm and constructive manner.

Can you give current students any tips on getting into this kind of work? Please include any job hunting, application or interview tips that you found useful.
The BBC jobs website is actually fairly busy at times, and there are new opportunities posted regularly - don't be afraid to search under 'Commercial Ventures' as there are plenty of creative roles on the corporate side. Getting to know people and maintaining a network of contacts is very useful too, it means people will think of you first. Above all, make sure you get on with people in any work placement and work out a way of making yourself indispensable.

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