A good way to get relevant and practical experience in this area is through the MEDIA (Media Employability Development In Action) Programme, available to AHSS students in first and second year.
- Strong communication,
- Organisational &team work skills
- Practical and technical skills
- Entrepreneurial skills and commercial awareness.
Ability to evaluate & self-reflect
- Flexibility & perseverance.
- A driving licence might also be a requirement for some roles.
Creative Arts graduates are more likely to be self-employed or work freelance. A relevant degree can increase your chances of success. However, talent, enthusiasm, determination and experience can be just as important.
Industry-specific courses may boost your chances of finding a job, by giving you practical and technical skills in areas that are in demand such as digital media and film & music technologies.
For journalism you will need qualifications from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), either as part of a first degree, a Master’s or as a stand-alone professional qualification. For management and administration roles a business degree can be useful.
The ScreenSkills Select College and University Courses directory lists accredited degree and postgraduate courses that are endorsed by the industry. This website is also a good source of information on creative and media careers.
You’ll need to be proactive in hunting down opportunities.
Build up a portfolio of work experience - and get yourself known.
Raise your profile online and face to face.
Stating passion isn’t enough, you have to be able to show it and prove it.
- Follow organisations/groups on Facebook, Twitter.
- Attend industry events, screenings, and festivals.
- Enter competitions. You’ll need to keep up to date with relevant publications and social media to see these advertised with their criteria and deadlines.
- Connect with relevant groups on LinkedIn. Follow, like and comment on posts, your activity record will be visible to employers.
- Contact organisations speculatively to show interest.
- Seek out internships and opportunities to volunteer.
- Larger companies including: the BBC, Channel 4, RTE, Virgin Media offer work experience and internship opportunities – but these are very competitive. Smaller independent production companies, theatre groups and orchestras may accept speculative approaches.
- Get involved in student media, drama and musical ensembles at university or at community level. Check out the QUB Students Union Clubs and Societies
- Writing your own blog or commenting on others peoples' blogs can also get you noticed by employers.
- Creativity, originality and innovation are vital for success.
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