Learning From The Pros
Students were given a better insight into a future career in the media by a senior figure from one of the Europe’s biggest television broadcasters .
Global Academy students received top industry careers guidance from Sky’s Group Chief Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer – Debbie Klein.
Debbie spoke about planning for the future as well as sharing her top tips for becoming more employable. She shared unique and interesting insights into opportunities for apprenticeships and early career opportunities within the business and took students through Sky’s corporate responsibilities in their agenda to drive a zero neutral carbon future. She explained how this would be a huge shift to the business including rethinking how they work with suppliers, technology and products. Debbie also discussed the importance of driving diversity in the business both on screen and with staff and spoke how Sky have an important role to play in this.
Debbie joined Sky in 2018 as Group Chief Marketing and Corporate Affairs Officer and has since extended her remit to include People. She has responsibility for overall brand and marketing development, as well as leading corporate communications, public affairs, internal communications, Sky’s Bigger Picture (corporate social responsibility) programme and human resources.
Prior to joining Sky, Debbie was Chief Executive Europe and the Asia Pacific at The Engine Group, an integrated marketing services business where she had worked closely with Sky for the previous 12 years.
You can read more about our work with The Engine Group who recently hosted some of our students for work experience by clicking here!
Debbie’s Top Tips
What advice did Debbie have for our students?
On being quizzed on how to succeed within the industry – Debbie advised our students to:
•Be engaged with every opportunity
•Be a ‘radiator’, not a drain – positive vibes!
•Always follow up with your emails, networking, LinkedIn. etc
•Never close a door – you don’t know where that contact could lead you. You can always ask who else should I speak with or connect with?
•Engage in the industry – listen to industry podcasts like the BBC’s Media Show or follow industry socials likes Media Week, Marketing or Campaign.