There are many websites covering the creative industries, which typically include industry overviews, job outlines, trends in graduate employment, making applications and starting out as a freelancer. These sites can also signpost you to more specialised sites that will help you focus on your preferred area(s) of practice.
Graduate Prospects is an excellent starting point for all areas of art, design, media, practice and performance. The occupational profiles in the following sections will be of particular relevance:
For information on careers in crafts and making, browse the National Careers Service website.
It is not easy establishing yourself in full-time practice or employment straight after graduation and many students either undertake other work roles alongside portfolio preparation or look to other fields of work where they can apply their skills.
Your degree will have given you many more skills than you probably realise. Skills that are increasingly valued by employers of graduates outside of, as well as within, the worlds of Art and Design.
As we now live in a world of constant communication with media technology pervading many aspects of our social and working lives, it has become vital for organisations to convey information not only in writing but also in a visual and interactive way. Therefore, employers look increasingly for graduates who are intrigued by the benefits that digital technology can bring and can apply them imaginatively but effectively in a working environment.
In addition, your degree will have developed other skills that employers rate highly. For example:
Presented in an appropriate way, these skills can make you a very attractive candidate for employment areas not traditionally linked to your area of practice. For example, with the move to digital technology, interactive visual and content creation is vital in just about every economic sector. As a result, creatives are keenly sought to work in project teams. You may be the lead in terms of your area of expertise, for example graphics, visualisation, animation, content writing or film. However, you will also be expected to contribute ideas to the other aspects of projects such as financial control, client interface and market research and you may find that you enjoy and are good at these too!
The following sites contain comprehensive and detailed information on the many job options open to art and design graduates including: sources of jobs, internships and residencies, networking effectively, making creative applications, starting out as a freelancer and additional sources of information.
In addition, there are many specialist web sites together with online journals. Subscriptions are payable for a number of these but whilst you are a student, you can access them free of charge through Manchester Met’s Library.
Tutors and technicians possess a lot of knowledge about their sector and have a wealth of contacts, many of them previous graduates of Manchester School of Art.
Arts-based networks and collaborations are another great source of careers information and useful contacts. Watch for exhibitions, events, competitions, festivals, community happenings, residencies, commissions etc. where you could meet people ‘in the know’. At the moment, the networking opportunities in Manchester just keep growing!
Creative Manchester on Facebook: Collates opportunities for MSoA students and graduates interested in the creative, cultural and digital industries. These can range from placements, graduate jobs and competitions to master classes and exhibitions as well as anything else relevant to MSoA students. A significant number of the opportunities for collaborations are contributed by MSoA students and recent graduates.
Engage Arts & Humanities Facebook Group: Publicises work experience opportunities to complement your degree and future career in the form of internships, placements and competitions.
Additional careers guides in our Creative Industries series can be found on our careers guides page:
A wide range of information is also available to help you develop as an artist in practice or freelance designer. Please refer to our ‘Freelancing, Exhibiting and Community Arts’ guide.
Innospace offer advice and support to students and graduates planning to set up their own business. Look out for the 2 day Boot Camps which cover a wide range of topics including how to market your business, managing your finances and intellectual property.
Careers Adviser Appointments: Book a 30 minute appointment to discuss your ideas and for advice on planning your next steps.
Careers Events: Meet employers and enhance your employability by attending our workshops, employer events and careers fairs.
Ask a Careers Question Online: Get online advice through My Career Hub, ask your question at any time and receive support via email.
For more information visit mmu.ac.uk/careers.
We offer range of support services to Manchester Met students and graduates:
The online careers centre you can access 24/7 to view career resources, advice and tips, career quizzes and information tailored to your sector.
Get online advice through My Career Hub, ask your question at any time and receive support via email.
Book an appointment with one of our Careers Advisors through My Career Hub or call 0161 247 3483.