‌‌A photo of Graduate Rachael Sherlock

My name is Rachael Sherlock. I studied the BSc in Film and Television Production and graduated in 2013.

What did you do after graduating?

After graduating I worked for a bit as a production assistant and interviewer for corporate videos.

What do you do now?

I now work for ITV daytime at the studios along London's South Bank. I've been here for just over 3 years now, starting in the Green Room as an assistant before moving into the studio and working my way up to Senior Studio Technician.  

‌‌Rachael, Kate, Ben and Laura the weather girl at Christmas with some of the crew (it's now tradition that I dress as an elf)
In doing your degree what has helped you in your professional life?

Doing my degree has helped with my professional life. The television modules allowed me to sample all the working roles within a studio environment. At the time I thought I would leave university and follow a path down one specific route- such as Floor Sound Assistant or Camera Assistant. However, television is moving in a direction where companies aim to use 'multi skilled operators', or as ITV calls them - 'studio technicians.' This is someone able to switch between assisting the cameras, scenic, lighting and sound teams.‌

Why did you choose the University of York?
I choose the University of York because the course appeared more practical and I felt this would be more beneficial to me in the real world, rather than a course where you simply study the history of film and or television. 
Rachael Steadicam assisting on set of This Morning
What would you say to someone thinking about studying at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television?

The University of York offers a great Film and Television course, and if you pair the skills learnt with the initiative to go out and get work experience, where you can apply the skills you've learnt, then you should find a job in television or film no problem.

What was the highlight of your time at University?

The highlight of my time at University was probably being in teams to create the final film and television projects. These were big projects which were very rewarding. I've returned to LUMA festival almost every year and am always impressed with the outstanding quality of the content produced by the students.