Supported Internship – Ryan
Since starting as a supported intern student in 2022, Ryan Robertson has made leaps and bounds in his career as a budding videographer. We caught up with him to ask some questions about why he decided to take this path and how he has found the experience to date.
When did your passion for videography begin?
“From a young age, I have always loved filming and editing my own videos for social media. I can remember going away on family holidays and documenting the entire trip on my old camera. It began as a hobby but soon became a passion of mine. After completing my level 2 Computing and Digital course, I started taking my videography more seriously and enrolled in a supported internship so that I could start building my portfolio.”
Why did you want to pursue a career in this industry?
“Over the years, I have tried out many different hobbies, but nothing has interested me quite like videography. I knew that this would be a great career path for me because it allowed me to combine my passion for filmmaking with my interest in technology. It will also give me the chance to travel and meet new people, which is something that I have always wanted to do.”
How have we supported you through your course?
“I received additional learning support, which enabled me to pass my GCSE English course and obtain a final mark of distinction in my Level 2 Computer and Digital programme. I also gained valuable knowledge in the business world while working as a supported intern at North Notts College, which has really helped me to develop myself. The tutors have always been at my side and recently encouraged me to find a part-time job at KFC while I work towards my career goals.”
Ryan Robertson, Supported Internship
“Everyone has been extremely welcoming, and making new friends has been easy. I have been able to take advantage of the numerous opportunities that the college offers due to its abundance of departments.”
What placements have you been involved in?
“So far, I have been involved in a few work placements in and around the college. Last November, I was asked to oversee media students at Worksop’s Got Talent competition. I then went to the Acorn Theatre in January to help film promotional videos for Dukeries Theatre Group’s most recent show, The Wedding Singer. At the moment, I am acting as a social media assistant for Just Good Friends Club, which is a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities.”
What have you enjoyed most about your course?
“Everyone has been extremely welcoming, and making new friends has been easy. I have been able to take advantage of the numerous opportunities that the college offers due to its abundance of departments. For example, the college connected me with their videographer, who gave me the opportunity to film at Open Events using specialised equipment.”
What advice would you give to someone considering this career?
“My advice to someone starting a career in videography is to work hard, be open to new experiences, and build a portfolio to share with employers. Also, you should look for opportunities yourself, as you’ll be surprised at what is available to you if you put yourself out there.”
Where would you like to be in the next 5 years?
“My dream job has always been to work around the world and visit faraway places. As a result, I’d like to work on a cruise ship to film live performances because it will allow me to pursue my passion for videography while also allowing me to travel.”
Find out more about supported internships and how you can apply.