Internships and work experience
Digital agencies can be found in most large towns and cities across the UK and are usually open to being approached for internships and work experience.
Enquiring about experience will work best if you can show that you developed some relevant skills, and have passion and curiosity about brands, culture and the digital world, along with a willingness to learn.
The Nottingham Internship Scheme is a great way to gain experience with a local employer that can fit around your studies. If you are a masters or PhD student, a postgraduate placement might be useful.
Develop a digital portfolio
Being able to demonstrate examples of writing for the web is essential. Use sites such as Creative Pool to showcase your work and make contacts. Also consider writing articles for student publications which have an online presence such as IMPACT of LeftLion, or write a blog.
You can also enhance your digital portfolio by building a digital profile. Having a presence on Twitter and LinkedIn allows you to follow organisations you would like to work for, keep up to date with industry news and find out about local networking events such as Second Wednesday and NottTuesday.
You can also keep up with current trends by reading industry blogs and journals such as Creative Review, The Drum, and locally, The Creative Quarter.
Once you have taught yourself some basic skills, get in touch with local voluntary organisations and charities e.g. Skillsbank, who could do with help in creating web content, communicating with service users and some simple online marketing strategies.
Research local digital agencies
If there is a role that interests you, make contact with the person working in that role, and ask them lots of questions. You never know, a conversation like this could lead to the offer of work experience or mentoring.
Join relevant societies
Societies such as MadSoc may offer training and networking opportunities.
Join the Institute of Digital Marketing (IDM)
The IDM run a free week-long summer scheme which provides an invaluable insight into digital marketing and the opportunity to visit gloval agencies and pitch your ideas.
Digital Humanities Centre
The University's Digital Humanities Centre provides training, experience and networking opportunities for humanities students interested in digital media in the arts. You can choose an area of interest, one of which may include PR, marketing and social media.
Join the Nottingham Writers' Studio
The Nottingham Writers' Studio, and other local organisations, sometimes offer courses around blogging and social media.
Sign up for a free online course
Sign up to enhance your existing knowledge, plug any gaps on your CV and even prepare you for job applications. Courses last from a few days to a few weeks and are offered by hundreds of universities around the world.
You can also learn more and boost your digital skills on the Digital Garage.
Unitemps advertise paid temporary roles, many of which are roles within the University and may allow you to become familiar with web content management systems.
Consider applying to be mentored by an industry professional and Nottingham alumni by applying to the eMentoring scheme.
Doing a professional course is not a pre-requisite for entry to these jobs, and relevant experience is often more important. However, if you wish to consider a course, the following options could be relevant.