Employability skills valued by employers
- Many jobs rely on the flexibility, resourcefulness and the ability to anticipate and resolve problems
- Strong communication skills, written and verbal
- Being able to work effectively in a team
- A proven work ethic evidenced by appropriate work experience and willingness to work long hours including evenings and weekends when necessary
- Curiosity; the ability to ask relevant questions and contribute ideas
- Effective use of social media and an understanding and experience of various technology platforms, particularly mobile technology
Employment Trends in the Media
Job application systems are changing. As well as traditional channels for advertisements, there is now an emphasis on speculative approaches, proactivity and networking. Be aware that differing job titles can be used to describe similar roles.
The emergence of digital has changed everything. New roles are regularly emerging. Self-employment / freelance work is growing. Free professional advice is available from the Research and Innovation Office whilst you are a student and for up to five years after graduation.
Growth in content management and creation. Within digital media, everything is driven by people buying, watching, making observations. Employers are looking for people who can demonstrate that they can meet the needs of the business. Many businesses are not up to speed in digital terms. Think about how you can add value to such organisations.
London and the South East have traditionally dominated the sector but with the growth of Media City in Salford, other cities including Sheffield have seen a huge growth in creative and digital industries.
Further study is not essential for entry into media and many other careers. However, it can enable you to develop specialist knowledge and help you move into the industry if you have no previous experience. Check to see how much practical work and industry endorsement is included when choosing your course. Courses are available at universities and through professional organisations. Remember that your course has equipped you with broad critical/analytical skills. These are appropriate for many professional/educational paths such as teaching/ other public sector work and managerial roles in a wide range of different areas for which post graduate study is applicable.