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From a broad range of roles in the creative industries to many other careers, learn more about your career options and how we can support you on your journey.

From the media to finance, your degree will open up many opportunities. The creative industries are a major force in the UK and for those who combine this course with a language, other options are possible.

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What skills and knowledge will I gain during my degree?

A graduate in film and TV will typically:

  • be aware of the economic forces which frame the media, cultural and creative industries, and the role of such industries in contemporary political and cultural life
  • understand the role of cultural practices and cultural institutions in society
  • understand how people engage with cultural texts and practices
  • work flexibly, creatively and independently with self-discipline, and self-direction
  • use ideas and information to argue cogently in written, oral or in other forms
  • retrieve, generate and evaluate sources
  • organise and manage supervised, self-directed projects
  • communicate effectively in interpersonal settings, in writing and in a variety of media
  • deliver work to a given brief and deadline, referencing sources and ideas and using a problem-solving approach

It is important that you can talk about these skills on application forms and in interviews.

What are the range of careers I could enter?

Film and TV graduates enter a wide range of occupations. For those who wish to enter the media sector, this in itself is incredibly broad ranging from:

Recent advances in digital technology and our engagement with social media have brought about rapid changes in the sector making it hard to distinguish between these career areas at times. Have a think about your engagement with a
newspaper or TV programme for example. Many current media roles exist in this new hybrid world.

Find out about digital industries

For those wishing to embark on a career in the media it will probably take time after graduation to build up a network and to gain more vital experience and skills. Persistence and motivation is vital.

Of course, many film and TV graduates do not wish to pursue a media career and the skills mentioned earlier highlight the transferability of your course. Our graduates have gone on to become teachers, work in business, finance, sales, administrative fields and many other sectors.

 

What are my further study options?

Some students choose to progress onto postgraduate
qualifications. While these may be highly relevant to your undergraduate subject, others choose to gain vocational skills in a different area. Examples include: teaching, law conversion, IT and finance.

Don’t forget that further study does not have to be full-time. It is possible to undertake short courses and/or part time study to gain valuable additional skills.

Stepping stones from my degree

It is true to say that many media graduates (and other subjects) take some time building their career through a series of roles to get to a specific career where they want to be or even to decide what job suits them.

This could be due to a variety of reasons for example:  the sector they want to enter requires an entry-level position (for example: heritage, media roles and publishing) or they are saving up to fund a postgraduate course or travel and therefore their first destination is a stop gap.

 

How can I develop my skills and gain experience during my degree?

Developing skills outside your degree course will enhance your CV and allow you to provide evidence of these in applications and at interviews. Some examples are listed below.

Work experience

Depending on what area of work or role you might be interested in, and where, there will be specific strategies, from speculative applications to formal processes you need to be familiar with.

Work experience - what, how and when

Nottingham Internship Scheme

We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers interesting extracurricular modules to develop your employability. With over more than 300 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia.

Nottingham Advantage Award

Advice from Nottingham alumni

With our eMentoring programme, you can receive invaluable support via email from an alumnus while considering your career options. Choose a mentor in the career area that interests you and get a real insight into the sector.

eMentoring

Enhance your digital skills

Digital skills are essential in many career fields including advertising, publishing, marketing and general commerce. They range from social media to coding and will definitely enhance your employability.

More about digital industries

Students' Union

The Students’ Union offers a wide range of volunteering options both locally and internationally which you can fit around your studies.

Alternatively you could get involved in a society or sports club - there's so many, you're bound to find one that interests you!

Students' Union

Students in Classrooms

There are three initiatives which will give you the opportunity to work in a local educational setting.  These initiatives support the academic attainment and raise the aspirations of primary and secondary pupils, whilst developing the skills and employability of those involved. 

These are excellent opportunities for students considering teaching, youth work or community engagement as a career.

Students in Classrooms

Exchanges programmes overseas

Undertake an exchange semester in another country and broaden your horizons. Talk to your tutors and find out more about the programmes available from the International Office.

Exchange programmes

Psychometric tests

Many graduate recruiters use psychometric tests during the recruitment and selection process.They are common across all sectors and career fields. Practise will really help your performance.

Use our example tests

 

 

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