Dale O'Keefe

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Dale O'Keefe, Striding Out

Dale is on a six-month work placement as a Filmmaker at Striding Out in Birmingham helping to create a careers website that's due to launch next month. Dale's qualifications in Media and Communication coupled with experience gained from several big media organisations such as BBC and Maverick Television has helped him to get a real grasp for web video production.

His career goal is based on a simple saying “Find a job you love and you never have to work a day in your life”. As he loves working in the media industry, getting paid for a job in this field would be the ideal.

“I have quite a lot of experience, far more than many of my friends, but as with many industries jobs are short and a lot of media companies are downsizing. So a recent graduate has little chance of getting a job”

Dale loves to work and hated not being in a job, so when the role as Filmmaker for Striding Out came up he jumped at the chance. Dale now directs, films, edits and uploads parts of workshop sessions and particularly captures interviews for Striding Out’s new career website YourNxtStep, a project that was shortlisted for a Microsoft Award.

During Dale’s time at Striding Out he has also had coaching and opportunities to shadow, whilst attending training workshops.

“The workshops have been helpful. I’ve applied for several jobs within the last month and when you have to answer application questions, especially with BBC apps, the things I’ve learnt in the workshops enabled me to give really good in-depth answers”, he says.

“The Future Jobs Fund has given me a great opportunity to get into work and contribute to society.”

For more information on the Future Jobs Fund, career coaching or work placements contact Striding Out on 0845 452 4085 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it