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Get Ahead In The Creative Industry, One Brush Stroke At A Time

There’s a sense that industries like film, design, media and publishing are closed to all but the lucky few. But that isn’t necessarily the case, especially if you do a creative degree. There’s currently enormous demand from these industries for people with artistic talent. Every film set, drama series and publishing house needs somebody with creative skills. What’s more, as the economy becomes more globalised, these industries are set to grow in the UK.


All of this means that there’s a lot more opportunities out there than you might think for creative people. Sitting in an office all day worrying about financial statements isn’t the only way to make a decent living. So what is it that you need to make a success of yourself in the sector?

Make Links With People On The Inside

It’s important for those on the outside of an industry to know somebody on the inside. 58 percent of graduates said that knowing people was an important part of career development. But how exactly should those interested in a career in the creative sector go about doing this?

One of the things that they can do is to find where the industry hosts its big events. Find out the criteria for attending. Often you don’t need to be a professional to show up; just somebody with an interest in the field. Do what you can to show an interest in what others are doing. Show curiosity, and don’t pretend that you know everything. Make your enthusiasm clear, but be honest with people about your limits.

Get More Training

There’s a big gap between the level of skill you obtain at school and that which you need in the workplace. Standards in the creative industry are high, and that means it’s essential to get a great education. Art and design courses for diploma are a popular choice right now. Taking such a course can mean the difference between getting a high flying job and having to take the dole.


It’s important that the training provider you find has the right links to the industry. They should be able to boost your chances of finding work once you leave through their reputation. Look on social media for other graduates who have been to the training company you are interested in. Ask them about their experiences and whether they got work.


Put Your Best Foot Forward
You might have been to the best school and have excellent networking skills, but you also need to know how to apply for a creative job. Often you’ll be asked to show interviewers work that you’ve done in the past. Thus, it’s a good idea to build a portfolio of work as you go through your training, well before you even start looking for jobs.

Don’t put all the work you’ve ever done in your portfolio. Curate it to show off your best pieces. And tailor your selection to fit the job for which you are applying. Let interviewers know that you’re somebody who can fit into their team.


This is a contributed post.

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