BBC Trainee Broadcast Engineer Profile: Ruth Loughrey

BBC Trainee Broadcast Engineer Profile: Ruth Loughrey


Hi I’m Ruth Loughrey and I’m working with
the BBC as Trainee Broadcast Engineer. I currently have a work placement with Digital Production
Systems Support. I’m working with Cybertronix and Weatherscape systems for BBC Weather;
I’m also working with their media asset management system which is Jupiter and Quantel. Which
is massive and complicated. I have always loved physics at school and
I have a fantastic physics teacher at school who was a woman actually. I think when I graduated it wasn’t something
I was really made aware of it was sort of two to three path ways for me. I was working for a bank and it was a real
shame that I wasn’t using the kind of skills that I had with physics and the BBC’s Engineering
programme was perfect as you don’t have to get your hands too dirty (Laughs) There’s lots training and you’re not limited
to one specific type of engineering area. The day that I found the job I was really
excited to apply and I knew straight away that it was for me. To be honest it was the
only thing I applied for. I was so pleased that I got it. One of the things I enjoyed most was the BBC’s
production of the Olympics. It was one of the things I mentioned in my application form.
You know, in fact that the BBC can do a project editorially and using engineering; bringing
them together to make it work. That’s the type of company I want to work for. I think it is a real shame there aren’t many
women in engineering and science. Girls should be encouraged to do math, computer programming,
physics, you know chemistry and biology. You know even the ones that get to university
and actually study maths and physics the transition rate into these industries isn’t very high.
I wouldn’t like to say that women are one thing and men are another. I think you know
we are more or less 50/50 in population between men and women and it should be like that in
all industries because that how humans are meant to be and the more women you have in
engineering the more likely you are to get even more in eventually. If you are truly passionate about media and
TV and music Radio this is a fantastic place to be and you should say that in your application
form. Because that’s what they want to hear. They don’t want people coming here and just
doing a job and going home. They want people to be involved and excited and contribute
their bit and be that from an engineering perspective or be that from someone who is
a DJ, you don’t have passion then there is no point.

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