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‘My time working with Team GB has helped open doors for me’

In 2020, University of Hull student Joseph Shepherd was given the opportunity to work as a Digital Content Coordinator with Team GB.

The student helped manage and create content for the Team GB Partner Challenge app; an exclusive content platform that gives Team GB partners a unique insight into what it is like to experience the mindset of an athlete through daily challenges and tips provided by athletes.

Now studying for a Master of Arts in English, Joseph reflected on his time with Team GB.

Joseph Shepherd

Joseph Shepherd, BA Film Studies

What were your careers goals at the time of applying for the work experience role with Team GB?

“At the time I was studying a BA in Film Studies and I really wanted to work in media production -anything from films and TV shows to creating content for social media and adverts.”

What was the role you applied for with Team GB and why did you apply?

“I applied for the Digital Content Coordinator role. I was looking for something I could add to my CV for relevant experience.

“The role was two months long and I have also always had a passion for sports and creating content so it was a natural fit alongside my university degree.”

As Digital Content Coordinator Joseph was responsible for the daily editing, designing and writing required for the Team GB Partner Challenge app.

The app aims to teach partners about healthy lifestyle habits as well providing tips on exercising from Team GB’s performance staff members.

What part of the Team GB work experience did you enjoy the most?

“One aspect of the role I really enjoyed was getting to edit content from a wide range of Team GB Olympians such as Toby Olubi and Tom Mitchell.

“I also learnt some really valuable transferable skills such as time management, communication and working as part of a team.”

Where are you currently in your career journey?

“Currently I am studying my MA in English alongside working freelance in the film and TV industry.

“I have been lucky enough to work on some great paid short-film shoots as well as creating content for the University of Hull’s social media channels. One of these was around The Green Room Project which was a week-long social experiment that recently took place in nearby student accommodation.”

How has the Team GB work experience helped you?

“The Team GB work experience has helped open doors for me. People are aware of the level of work ethic that comes with working for Team GB and so from the moment they saw my CV they understood this.

“I also feel more confident as a result of my time working within Team GB. I feel it helped teach me to trust my gut and it really did improve my time management skills.”

Finally, what would you say to someone who is considering getting involved in the university’s Team GB partnership?

“I would encourage people to take part in any opportunity that comes their way! Working with an established organisation such as Team GB is an amazing experience and will make your CV truly stand out.

“I feel my experience also shows that the partnership isn’t just beneficial to sports students, but offers inclusive opportunities to lots of different students.”

The University of Hull is an official partner of Team GB – incorporating both the Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

The partnership provides opportunities for the University of Hull’s students, staff and communities, including participating in Team GB events, developing courses, guest speakers and CV-boosting opportunities such as work experience and volunteering.

More details on the partnership can be found here.

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