Emerging Talent Programme FAQ
When does the programme open for applications?
Applications open on at 12:00 midday on Monday 17th April and close on Monday 8th May at 23:59
How long is the MET Programme?
The programme is a 2-year fixed term contract
Do I need to have worked in journalism before?
No previous experience required
Is this a paid opportunity?
Yes. We are offering a salary of €25,000 for roles in Dublin or £21,000 for Belfast
Who is eligible for the fellowship?
The programme is open to anyone who has a passion for journalism, particularly video and audio storytelling
Is there an age limit?
No. The MET Programme is open to anyone over the age of 18
Do you encourage applications from people with a passion for journalism that have been working in a different sector for 20 years and want to now pursue their dream?
I was born outside of Ireland but Ireland is now my home. Is it worth me applying?
Yes, we want voices that represent a multicultural modern day Ireland and Northern Ireland
I’m a parent and would like to get back into the industry after years of bringing up my children. Is this programme suitable for me?
Yes. We encourage applications from people in their 30s or 40s who want to return to the workplace after a long absence
I’m currently in a career that my heart is not in. My passion is storytelling and journalism. Would you consider me?
Yes. This programme is open to anyone who would like to change career and fulfil their passions
Why do you ask diversity questions as part of the application process?
Diversity, equality and inclusion is a crucial and permanent part of our business strategy. To help us ensure a fully diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment, we invite you to fill out some voluntary questions so we can track and further our efforts. The information shared is strictly optional, and cannot and will not affect your job application in any way.
When does the programmes start?
The programme will start in September 2023.
Why does the programme start later in the year?
The programme starts later in the year to give people who are currently working the opportunity to work their notice period. The children’s school summer holidays end in September, this gives a parent the opportunity to not have to worry about childcare during the summer and plenty of time to sort extra support if needed during term time.
How many people will be on the programme?
We have two positions available under this year’s programme.
I did not do very well in my exams at school, will this prevent me from applying?
No, not at all. We are not even asking for qualifications in the application. These are not important. It’s your passion for storytelling we are interested in.
Will I be able to take holiday while on the programme and will it be paid?
Yes. You will be entitled to 25 days holiday a year which is paid plus national bank holidays
Are all the positions in Dublin?
No. Depending on the suitability of candidates, we have positions available in Dublin and Belfast
Will my contract be extended after two years?
No. During the first 18 months you will be given all the development you need to be able to potentially secure a permanent role with us. During the last six months of your contact you will be able to apply for any suitable roles as an internal candidate.
What does the interview process look like? What can I expect?
First the application form. This includes a written section, video section and we ask for links to any examples of your work to date. These can be self-published and or a blog / social media.
When will the assessment day take place?
The assessment day will take place on May 31st. It is important that you will be available to join us on this date if you are selected for this stage of the application process.
If I’m successful in being invited to the assessment day is there any pre-work?
Yes. As part of the application process we have asked you to tell us a story you would like to tell. On the day we would like you to take us through this. Remember this is a subject of your choice. Something you are passionate about. We are giving you the opportunity to shine.
I don’t live in Dublin. Will there be a separate assessment day held elsewhere?
The assessment day will be held in Dublin on May 31st. If you are invited to attend we will offer to cover any reasonable travel costs.
What kind of work will I perform?
You will perform the kind of work that our other full-time journalists perform. Please see the Learning and Development section in the role description:
I have a question that isn’t covered in the FAQ section – can I contact you for an answer?
Yes, of course you can. If you have any questions that haven’t been answered, please email us at MET@mediahuis.ie and we will get back to you as soon as possible.