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SoundTracks is the fortnightly podcast brought to you by UofG Careers and Alumni, that’s jam-packed with sound advice from our graduate world-changers to help keep your career on track. Join hosts Kez and Rosie as they take you on a tour with awesome alumni all over the world to share their career journey.

From side hustles and social enterprises to surviving freelance, creating social, creative and scientific impact, plus big city living around the globe. Our alumni guests will share their career highs, lows and everything in between!

In each episode, you’ll be sure to get the inside track with industry insights, practical ideas and honest advice. It’s the must-have soundtrack to your career journey. 

Dec 13, 2022

In this episode we meet Ian, whose hard work and determination has led him to success in a highly competitive industry.

Graduate Ian quickly learnt that getting a foot in the door of the music industry would require rigorous preparation, and after beating 10,000 applicants to a BBC Trainee Scheme, embarked on a career in digital, radio, and TV that took him from Glasgow to London.

At a time when video streaming was growing, Ian was tasked with the challenge of visualising BBC Radio on YouTube for the first time, which gave him the opportunity to start experimenting with TV production, filming live music sessions and creating editorial pieces with presenters. With this experience he made the move to Head of Video at Somethin’ Else, making TV for BBC, Sky Arts, during the explosion of visual content in the early 00s. He made BAFTA winning tv and built a business which was eventually bought by Sony Music.

While Ian’s success is evident of his hard work, he’s not afraid to share his top tips that have helped get him to where he is today. Listen for interview pointers, what he looks for in recruiting new staff, and practical advice that’ll help you stand out from the crowd. We learn how he manages pressure, and why it’s worth trusting your gut. He is a strong believer in collaborative working, and that involving others at every stage can help take an idea from good to great.

Finally, Ian reflects on the change he has seen over the last 20 years within the industry. Learn how this change has shaped career opportunities available to students and recent graduates, including his sense that there are more roles than ever in TV as it continues to experience a boom.