Need some motivation? Read Tanzil’s career journey
‘I always remember a phrase that I was told before I started my internship: be a sponge.’
How long have you worked at Sky?
How many roles have you had since you’ve been at Sky?
What’s your top tip or advice for someone looking to develop their career?
I always remember a phrase that I was told before I started my internship: “Be a sponge”. Absorb every experience and piece of information you come across because it will help you in achieving your goals. Make the most of every opportunity you get. It’s very cliché, but also very true. You won’t get what you want if you sit around and do nothing. Be proactive in wanting to achieve your goals. You may not have a plan to start with, but small steps lead to bigger leaps and soon you will have a clear path ahead of you.
Tell us about a project that you’re most proud of and why?
One of the projects I’m most proud of was the Fast Forward recruitment video we made as a team.
As part of the Fast Forward Internship, one of our final tasks (there were 6 of us) was to create an engaging and exciting video to promote the scheme for those who were looking to apply the following year. It involved a lot of planning and hard work – each of us having our own section explaining what we did on the scheme over the 11 months.
The reason why I’m so proud of this is because, once the video was complete, we had to present it in front of Jeremy Darroch and many Heads of Departments. We received amazing feedback on it from all those who watched it there and also from all those schools it had been sent to. We then had a little Q&A session with them asking us about our time here as interns and what we loved the most. It was an amazing experience answering questions from the CEO and all the Heads. Knowing that the business were using us to promote the scheme and putting faith in us to do so, is a reason why it was the one project I am so proud of.
Who has inspired you most in your career and why?
My parents have been the biggest inspiration in my career.
For some, it may be a celebrity. For others, it may be a work colleague. For me, my parents are my inspiration. I am very fortunate and very blessed to have parents that have supported me every step of the way on my journey. Despite being from an Asian background, my parents never once tried to get me on the path of being a Doctor, Engineer or a Lawyer! They have always pushed me in the direction that I chose and supported me fully all the way. My father especially is a huge inspiration.
Coming to the UK 30 years ago, he made many sacrifices to support his mother and father back in Pakistan, and it’s the hard work and determination he has shown over the years that inspires me to push on. I had to make a difficult decision of not reapplying to university mid-way through my internship – and my parents fully supported me in continuing here and trying to work my way up. The push and backing I got from my parents is an inspiration to me as it makes me want to go further because I know I have 2 people behind me every step of the way.
Tell us about a manager who’s really supported your development and how they did this.
For this I must put down 2 names not just 1: Ben Yeomans & Jon Mitchell.
Ben started it all off for me. After making the decision to not go to university once my year internship was up, I didn’t have a solid plan on how I would stay here. Ben offered me a chance as a freelancer in his department, and the help he gave me in the 2 years I was with Ingest was unbelievable in developing me not only as a good operator, but a good person. Once I knew I needed to move on, Ben gave me every chance to explore different areas and pushed me to develop my skills in every aspect.
Jon was my manager for a year and a half when I was in VT, and it was here where I really developed further, which helped me in securing my current role. Jon would always push me to learn new things (studio work was extremely new to me) and never let me get comfortable with what I was doing. Keeping me “on my toes” was extremely helpful in my development, and I learnt so much in my time with VT. Jon also allowed me time to train with senior operators when we had quiet times, which was instrumental in my move up in my career