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BBC intern Charon Cummins goes back to her secondary school

BBC intern Charon Cummins goes back to her secondary school

Charon Baya Cummins is currently interning at the BBC in their Marketing and Audiences Team. As part of our schools programme, she went back to visit her former secondary school,  Queens Park Community school in Brent, in March this year. Here she talks more about how it went…

It was such a privilege to go back to Queens Park to visit the students and talk more about Creative Access. When I arrived I was greeted with open arms by the Head of Year 10, Mr Akhgar, who was equally as enthusiastic about me being there as I was.

I hadn’t been back to my old secondary school in over four years, so it was incredible to connect with teachers and share my experiences with the students. I met a group of buzzing young students in year 10 on the hunt for work experience. All those who attended enjoyed creative subjects at school, striving for GCSE’s in the likes of arts, drama to music and media studies. They were clearly passionate and excited, as I was swamped with questions about securing work experience and what it really feels like to work in the creative industries.

I was able to talk a little bit about my experiences at secondary school and how they were useful in shaping my decisions later on in my life. Presenting in the strange comfort of my old form room, we talked informally about the need for Creative Access and what life is like behind the scenes of the largest British public service broadcaster in the country.

I shared my insight on what my very first day was like at the BBC, the structure of my rotating internship programme and what I do on a day to day basis. I was also able to share some of the highlights of my internship thus far, which was as exciting for me to relive, as it was for them to hear.

I was extremely grateful to be considered as a role model for these students. Their responses felt so genuine and although I was honest and spoke about still having feelings of uncertainty, I’d like to think that they are were reassured about their next steps and their future prospects. It was important for me to explain my journey was not straightforward or focused from the beginning, because truthfully it wasn’t. I wanted the group to feel comfortable with the idea of uncertainty and open to saying yes and trying new things. I think that they were all so driven and motivated in their own way and it was truly humbling to learn more about that from them, and see it for myself.