Those working in the Film and Media sector tend to be independent, creative thinkers and are often self-employed and/or in occupations involving project work and short-term contracts. This means that it is essential that you are pro-active in your job search. In the 21st century the most efficient way of networking with others in the film and media industry is through social/professional websites. They are invaluable as a means of seeking out professional opportunities, showcasing your portfolio and keeping abreast of events and current issues affecting the industry. In addition to the more mainstream social networks such as FaceBook, LinkedIn and Twitter, there are many more that are creative industry focussed.
A number of games design graduates will continue to develop their creative skills through postgraduate study. Information on options and funding can be obtained by visiting the websites of higher education (HE) institutions and check out the Further Study section
Current issues in the creative industry
The best way to keep abreast of the latest factors influencing or affecting the creative industries is to read regularly, specific trade newsletters and publications, and consult related professional organisations/associations. Employers will expect graduates to be aware of relevant current issues as well as the latest and forthcoming sector exhibitions and events. They are likely to assess your knowledge and understanding at an interview. In addition to area-specific skills it is very important that you are able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the commercial aspects of the work you are or will be involved in.