Work shadowing / work experience
These are excellent ways to establish contacts in your chosen field. Successful work placements can often lead to offers of work at a later date or generate leads to other opportunities through the valuable contacts made whilst on work placement. Try to use your holiday periods and free time during term times to exploit these opportunities.
Contact local companies directly, use the local Yellow Pages or creative directories such as Sheffield Creative Guild. The Creative Directory provides web links to key organisations supporting artists and designers.
Networking and social media
Many work opportunities within the creative sector are not advertised. It is therefore, essential that you are pro-active in your job search. In the 21st century the most efficient way of networking with others in the creative industry is through social network sites. They are invaluable as a means of seeking out professional opportunities and keeping abreast of local / national exhibitions or events. Use the network sites to join relevant associations and groups. Local networking events are run through Sheffield Creative Guild and Creative Mornings.
Some very useful tips on managing your online professional profile can be found by clicking on the following link: your online presence