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Getting a Job in theTelevision IndustrySarah Holmes
Working in the TV Industry Wide range of rolesavailable Industry is looking forindividuals who are multi-skilled It is a competitive industry ‘Walking the walk andtalking the talk’ Networking You need to stand out –have a USP!
Dream JobsWhat is your dreamjob in the mediaindustry?Do you know how you would get a job like this?
Industry Roles Within the industry most roles fall into twocategoriesTechnicalProduction RolesCreative /Management RolesExamples:Camera OperatorSound SupervisorLighting EngineerOffline EditorVision MixerExamples:DirectorProducerFloor ManagerScreenwriterEditorProduction SupportRolesExamples:Wardrobe AssistantProduction CoordinatorSafety OfficerPress Liaison OfficerAssistant Editor
Career Pathways Career progression is through three main routes Below are the most common pathways to the different areas of theindustryLevel 3 Media QualificationTechnicalProduction RolesCreative /Management RolesProduction SupportRolesStarting in the industryat entry level andworking your way up‘the ranks’A higher educationdegree course e.g. BA(Hons) TelevisionProductionA further vocationalcourse e.g. an HNDor an apprenticeship& entry level roles
Career Pathways Career progression is through three main routes Below are the most common pathways to the different areas of theindustryLevel 3 Media QualificationCreative /Management RolesA higher educationdegree course e.g. BA(Hons) TelevisionProductionCase StudyIan Mander – Assistant Editor• Began work in the building industry afterleaving school• Retrained at college as a mature learner– doing a BTEC L3 in Media and then aBA (Hons) at Bournemouth University• First step on a career path to EditorVideo Link
Career PathwaysLevel 3 Media QualificationStarting in the industryat entry level andworking your way up‘the ranks’Case StudyCathy WhitlaPost Production / Assistant Editor• Started a degree, but didn’t enjoy it• After working for a while, took a drop inpay to join a BBC Training Scheme• Working her way up ‘through the ranks’having started with minimum skillsVideo LinkProduction SupportRoles
Career PathwaysLevel 3 Media QualificationA further vocationalcourse e.g. an HNDor an apprenticeshipCase StudyDishad Hussain – Writer / CameraOperator• Studied science at University, butwent to Film School to complete anHND afterwards• Supports own projects by workingas a Camera Operator for otherprojectsVideo LinkTechnicalProduction Roles
Career Pathways These are not the only pathways into the industryand people take a variety of routes. Essentially, you need to focus on Equipping yourself with the skills you need Ensuring you have the qualifications you may need Experience is key – investigate any opportunitiesyou can get to have experience in the industry. Send your CV to production companies and offeryour time for free Investigate internship or work experienceplacements
Skills Shortages Often the way to make yourself employableis to identify areas where there is ashortage of skills You can find out from organisations such asSkillset, who are the Sector Skills Councilfor Media what this might be. Skillset are currently producing their reporton the sector (they do this every 3 years)but you could refer to the 2009 report now You can find out more about the Skillsetsector reports at:www.creativeskillset.org/research/activity/census/
Top Tips Write a concise CV and keep thisregularly updated Investigate apprenticeship or internopportunities Whenever you have contact withthose in the industry, network withthem Grasp opportunities for experience inthe industry wherever they occur Investigate current skills shortages inthe industry and make yourself asuseful to employers as possible
Useful Links Skillset have some excellent informationabout the job roles within the TV industryhere: Skillset Job Profiles The BBC has several new apprenticeshipprogrammes on offer BBC Apprenticeships UCAS has a full list of the Higher Educationopportunities available in the UK including acourse search UCAS Course Search icould is a great resource for career planning,with case studies and guidance for a widerange of career pathways icould.com
Activity The activity sheet provided is designed tohelp you identify what kind of role may bemost suited to you It is just for fun, but could provide somefood for thought when considering yourcareer path Answer each question carefully and thenuse the key at the bottom of the sheet towork out what this may say about the jobroles that could suit you.