Grade nine students of both Bell Canada and Bell Media employees were offered an exciting glimpse into the media industry with hundreds of Toronto students touring both 299 Queen Street West and Agincourt locations for Take Our Kids to Work Day yesterday, now in its 25th year.
Students had a front row seat to witness how television and radio come together. On-air celebrities from ETALK, CP24, CTV Toronto, TSN as well as iHeart Radio stations, spoke to students directly and had valuable advice for the next generation of broadcasters. Here is what they had to say:
“A career in media is broader than you might think. It’s not just the dynamics in front of and behind the camera. It’s PR and publicity, programming, accounting, legal, event planning, and so much more. A career in media can be anything you want it to be, so explore, ask questions and see if there is a job that fits your set of skills and can allow you to build a career you can be proud of.” – Ben Mulroney, YOUR MORNING, ETALK
"Make sure you give 100% everyday! You’re not going to get your ‘dream’ gig if you don’t strive for excellence in the position you’re in today! And above all else, #StayFabulous." – Traci Melchor, ETALK
“Now more than ever you’ve got avenues to be heard… social media, YouTube, a podcast, blogging. If you think you might be interested in working in broadcast, do an internship/co-op at a media outlet if your high school offers one. You’ll either confirm your desire, OR you’ll decide this ain’t for you – either eventuality is useful knowledge.” – Gurdeep Ahluwalia, CP24
“The work world has changed dramatically over the last decade. You are the ambassadors of the technological revolution. The opportunities for digital entrepreneurship are incredible. This initiative nurtures inspiration through exploration, and it’s an experience I hope all young people can take advantage of.” – Anwar Knight, CTV Toronto
"Media is all about being creative and producing content, so anything that you can be doing now in your free time will only go to help you in your future career! Find out what you are most passionate for, whether that's creating videos, writing blog posts, or taking awesome pictures on Instagram and with hard work you can undoubtedly turn that into a career!" ?- Shannon Burns, CHUM 104.5