Conor Macdonald

Conor Macdonald graduated from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in 2013 with a BA in Gaelic and Media Studies. He currently works as an Operations Technician with MG Alba.

What does your job involve?

I work as part of the technical team at MG Alba who broadcast the Gaelic channel BBC Alba. My main responsibilities are recording content and audio dubbing the links between programming on the channel and also conducting quality control on material for broadcast. Alongside that I am responsible for the maintenance of the broadcast infrastructure of the building.

What did you study at the University of the Highlands and Islands and how does it relate to your current job?

I studied Gaelic and Media Studies, through which I quickly realised that the technical aspect of television broadcast appealed to me far more than teaching did, which was my initial career plan.

How did you get into your job?

I did a summer placement with MG Alba whilst at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. After graduating a temporary role was advertised with MG Alba which I applied for. Having previously done a summer placement with the company was very helpful when it came to making the application, and I was successful in securing the post. Working on a temporary basis allowed me to further accrue some of the skills needed by full time employees, and when a full time role was advertised I was ideally placed to secure the job and I now work full time with MG Alba.

Where would you like to go with your career in the future?

I’m currently looking into gaining engineering qualifications to become a certified broadcast engineer.

Do you have any advice for current students?

Taking on work experience and summer placements are really helpful, not only does it let you realise what jobs you like but also get you known in the fields that interest you.