How to work for the Discovery Channel

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How to work for the Discovery Channel
Even a TV channel needs office staff. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The Discovery Channel is a popular TV network that focuses its output on documentaries and reality formats. The channel is owned by Discovery Communications, which is based in Silver Springs, Maryland in the USA. The company runs 149 TV channels worldwide including stations in the UK. British applicants are fortunate that Discovery Communications has its headquarters for Western Europe based in London. This opens up more career opportunities for UK residents hoping to work for the Discovery Channel.

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Location

The Discovery Channel’s offices are located at Discovery Communications Western Europe Headquarters building in Chiswick, West London. The company runs sixteen channels from this location, many of them offshoots of the original Discovery Channel, like Discovery History, Discovery Civilization, Discovery Travel and Living and Discovery HD Showcase. These facts immediately explain the two biggest factors in increasing your likelihood of getting a job with Discovery Channel. The first is that you won’t stand much chance if you are unable to live within commuting distance of Chiswick. The second is that you will greatly increase your chance of employment with the organization if you expand your ambition to get a job with any or all of the TV channels in Discovery Communications portfolio.

Opportunities

The TV channel requires more staff than just the people who actually work on producing, writing and filming the shows. The organization has many more staff working in support roles than those working on production. No company is going to give work to people who do not have relevant experience in the field, and so a third tip on getting a job with the Discovery Channel is to try for an administration job if no vacancies are open in the specific career you hope to forge.

Suitability

Be honest about your skills and experience and tailor your approach to the company by aiming for the vacancy that best suits your background. Don’t try to apply for a job as a camera operator if you only have experience in book keeping. If your aim is just to get any job at the channel then look through the list of vacancies before completing your CV. Look at what skills are needed and then highlight any qualifications and experience that match their requirements.

How to apply

Discovery Communications advertises all its vacancies worldwide on a special micro site called “Discovery Careers” you can find a link to this site in the Resources section. The site first prompts visitors to select a region from a map and then leads you to pages dedicated to that region. Discovery groups all of Europe, the Middle East and Africa into one region called EMEA. Click on that region to get a list of vacancies in the UK. The site categorises British-based jobs either as being located in the UK or in London. Selecting the UK as a location for the job search also pulls in results of vacancies listed as being based in London. However, even the jobs tagged as being in the UK, are all in London. You will be able to upload your CV and apply for a specific vacancy, but only after you have agreed to the site’s privacy policy.

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