The media industry is made up of many sectors and to be successful you should consider these steps:


Step 1)
Research all the potential career options in media sectors: This will help you to make career decisions based on information and knowledge, about the types of jobs you would like when you graduate.

Eg: TV, radio, film and video, games, newspapers and magazines, publishing, advertising, public relations, digital communications and marketing.

These industries employ significant numbers of graduates in creative roles. Use Prospects website to get further detailed information on roles that interest you. 

Browse the following sectors for relevant job profiles on the Prospects website:

Each profile contains a detailed job description, salary information, entry and training requirements, typical employers and vacancy information for graduate roles.

Step 2) Start to consider what experience you might need to compliment your degree. A huge step to getting experience is understanding your range of options. See this guide which will help explain the various types of work experiences.

Step 3) Understanding the Media sector: This is a key part of your progression that will help you network confidently and shine at interviews.

This guide provides a selection of local and national websites that offer information about the structure of the media industries and how graduates can gain employment and/or freelance contracts.

Employment Trends in the Media.

 

Online Newsletters.


Many sectors publish regular online newsletters. These provide very helpful industry insights, with a number offering job sections. Examples include:

Getting Work Experience in the Media.


You can do this alongside your studies if you plan your time effectively and prepare for opportunities. You could consider working for a community magazine or radio station, or volunteering for promotional or campaign work in the Students Union or a charity.

If you want to keep it simple and local, you can check options: 

Paid Work Experience Schemes.


A small number of organisations offer high quality schemes. For example:

Competition for all of these is intense so it is vital you apply early in the year.

Manchester Met’s Careers and Employability Service occasionally receives opportunities. These are posted to:

Finding your own Work Experience


An alternative way of securing work experience is to use media online directories, jobs boards and online newsletters. LinkedIn, Twitter, Vimeo and You Tube in particular are useful starting points. Advertising, PR and marketing agencies may also offer interesting opportunities this way too.

Creative Manchester Students https://www.facebook.com/groups/149502408413575/

If you are new to these media, see our ‘Using Social Media for Job Hunting’ guide.

A word of work experience caution: 


Paid schemes are limited and competitive, and work experience can often only be obtained through working as an unpaid intern - most typically as a runner.

These roles can be great for your CV and networking with useful contacts (who may be willing to recommend you to other organisations and paid opportunities in the future).

However, there has been concern in recent years about graduates who have accepted unpaid internships that are of poor quality and have little prospect of a paid entry role at the end.

It is important that you check out your rights and the legalities and be prepared to negotiate the best experience possible for yourself.

The following sites will assist:

To find jobs in the industry, consider these free to use sites:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/tv.runners/
http://www.theunitlist.com/jobs/
https://www.thetalentmanager.co.uk/”

Getting Paid Employment in the Media Industries, including Freelancing


Graduate entry-level roles are rarely advertised, as many organisations prefer to recruit graduates who have already worked for them (or who have been recommended by a colleague in the industry).

However, there are many sector specific recruitment agencies and online professional journals advertising more senior roles. These may be worth looking at to give you an insight into the roles available and the skill requirements.

In film and television in particular, you will find that due to the short-term roles in production, many work opportunities will be freelance. You will also need to consider posting your profile on the appropriate sites to get your work seen.

A member’s subscription is often payable for this service.

For more information about working freelance, see our ‘Freelancing, Exhibiting & Community Arts’ guide. 

Media Directories and Online Recruitment Sites


NB
: Many of these sites offer a mixture of paid employed roles and freelance assignments.

Key Directories for Manchester

Note: Manchester Met’s Library subscribes to FAME, a very powerful online company database. This may be useful for conducting a speculative job search.

The Value of Networking


It is essential to attend networking events and exhibitions whilst a student so you have the opportunity to talk informally with relevant and potential organisations and build up your contacts.

The following three sites carry details of events at MMU, in Manchester and beyond throughout the year:


This enables students to meet employers representing all facets of Manchester’s rapidly growing digital sector:

Relevant Networking Groups in Manchester


A number of formal groups may invite students to certain of their events. Usually these will be free or low cost and will enable you meet professionals working in the industry, find out more about the local scene and build your contacts. Examples include:


Search for more groups that meet in the Manchester area under the following headings:

Top Tips:

  1. Take a risk and get involved in something new
  2. Make a good first impression: Look at our guide on how to effectively network
  3. Have your calling card or examples of your work ready
  4. Update your CV:
    Designing a Creative CV
    Getting Work in the Creative Industires
  5. Practice your ‘conversation starters’ and have some questions to ask
  6. Make notes about anything you would like to follow-up

Sector-Specific Links:

Animation & Gaming


Graduate profiles on Prospects:


Useful Animation Links:

Film


Graduate profiles on Prospects:


Useful Film Links:

Television


Graduate profiles on Prospects
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Useful Television Links
:

Radio


Graduate profiles on Prospects


Useful Radio Links
:

Digital/Interactive Media


Graduate profiles on Prospects
:


Useful Digital/Interactive Media Links:

Journalism & Writing


Graduate profiles on Prospects
:


Useful Journalism & Writing Links
:

Advertising & PR – Branding and Communications


Graduate profiles for Marketing, Advertising & PR on Prospects

Publishing


Graduate profiles on Prospects
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Useful Publishing Links
:

Careers and Employability Support

The Careers and Employability Service offers a range of support to Manchester Met students and graduates:


Find Opportunities: We advertise hundreds of part time, graduate and internship roles through My Career Hub.

Career Consultant Appointments: Meet with a Careers Consultant to discuss options with your degree.

For more information, visit our website.

Careers and Employability Support

We offer range of support services to Manchester Met students and graduates:


For more information visit mmu.ac.uk/careers