How do graduates get into the sector?
Film, and in particular film production is a popular and therefore competitive sector. There are no set entry routes, but gaining work experience and meeting people is essential to making inroads.
Graduates typically start off in assistant-level positions such as production runner, researcher or office PA.
Find out more about these roles on myfirstjobinfilm.com
Entry level roles:
Getting your first job in film
In these entry-level positions, you'll be expected to do odds and ends and the hours can be long. However, if you pay attention and engage with all elements of the job, you can learn a lot about the industry, build networks, and potentially find your next role.
Anecdotally, those who stand out during their first position as reliable and hardworking are hired by the same employers or are recommended for other positions.
Success in getting a job in film depends more on your skills, enthusiasm and commitment than the subject you have studied.
Certain roles may require specific qualifications or training, so explore the job profiles that interest you on the Screen Skills website.
Training and schemes
Trainee schemes do exist, but can come and go as funding fluctuates. Check Screen Skills and BBC trainee schemes for details of current schemes.
The Independent Cinema Office's Film Exhibition, Distribution and Sales Scheme is one example.
The Production Guild runs a series of paid-for courses on all aspects of production including introductory courses for runners, while FutureLearn and ScreenSkills provide online courses to help familiarise you with different aspects of the film industry.