Applicants with qualifications in journalism, communication/media studies, music technology, performing arts, English and media performance may be preferred. Specific degree subjects may be required for specialist programmes. A genuine interest in, knowledge of and/or experience of television/radio is essential. It is important to gain as much paid (or unpaid) work experience as possible – this may be as a broadcast assistant, actor, producer or news-gatherer, or via self-employment as a club/private disc jockey (DJ). Voluntary work for student newspapers/radio stations and local/hospital radio and television stations can also be helpful.