Rimshah Razzaq

When I was growing up in Pakistan, I never thought that one day I’d be working in the Tech sector. Moving to England was a massive change as a 12-year-old; I had to learn a new language and culture while battling an identity crisis.

At 16, I wanted to join the army – crazy I know! But my media teacher knew I was made for the Tech and the Broadcasting world, and encouraged me to apply for a media apprenticeship. That’s how I ended up working for the BBC and haven’t left yet. I honestly believe we are making a difference – I passed my GCSEs because of Bitesize.

I have been been very fortunate and have had various job roles across the organisation. At 16 no one really knows what there doing. I started my career journey in production as a runner setting up a production offices on location, getting to mess around with cables and tech was a dream. I tried Talent and Resourcing for BBC Children’s for a while and then moved on become an IT Manager for BBC Religion, Comedy & Children’s. This is was my calling, I loved fixing issues and helping teams make the most of their IT equipment.

It’s so important to keep learning and then I went on to do an operations role, where I was responsible for the operational delivery and the point of contact for all publishable content through to iPlayer, Red-button and Technical Operations. This allowed me insight to the digital world and then I went on to become a Project Manager in Software Delivery in BBC Design and Engineering. It was only at this point I knew the career path I wanted and it was in project management.

As a Project Manager I get to work with people across the organisation, solve problems, help build strong teams and deliver change that helps the public in England and Worldwide. Soon I will be working for BBC Sounds, A streaming media and audio download service from the BBC that includes live radio broadcasts, audio on demand, and podcasts. The service is available on a wide range of devices, including mobile phones and tablets, personal computers, cars, and smart televisions.