Lymphoma Action Editor featured on BBC Bitesize

Athena McCallum selected by BBC to feature in careers section.

Athena on BBC Bitesize

Lymphoma Action Editor, Athena McCallum (22) has been selected by the BBC to feature on the careers’ section of their Bitesize digital resource for young people. Athena's role as Editor involves ensuring our extensive resources for people affected by lymphoma are clear, accurate and accessible.

The BBC commissioned an independent production company to make almost 200 photo and film case studies of people aged 16 to 24 working in a wide variety of jobs. 

Athena works as part of our publications team of four, producing in-depth health information booklets; updating 130 web-based information pages; editing three annual issues of a magazine and subtitling videos on our YouTube channel.  She’s just completed a project to produce Easy Read versions of written resources for people with lymphoma and learning disabilities. 

As well as creating these detailed information resources for people affected by lymphoma, she also works on our clinical trials database ensuring that treatment trials and studies are listed and accessible to people affected by lymphoma. 

I love being able to combine my two main areas of interest in this job. I studied English Literature and Language at university but I’ve always had a really keen interest in science. English and Biology seemed like opposing subjects when I studied them at A Level, but they were the perfect foundation for this job. I’m learning so much about health and wellbeing and ground-breaking new treatments for cancer. I get to attend the events we host for healthcare professionals and meet people affected by lymphoma.

Athena admits that she felt a little embarrassed - but mainly very honoured - to have been chosen to feature on the BBC Bitesize careers’ section of their website. 

BBC Bitesize is a great resource as it gives a real insight into nearly 200 different jobs. What I find the best motivation for my job is helping people feel supported and empowered.

 20 May 2019