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1 What can I do with a Degree in Drama ? Careers and Employability Service Nicola Urquhart Careers Adviser

2 What we will cover The graduate labour market What do employers want? What skills do Drama graduates have? What do Drama graduates do: the jobs they get their typical employers the further courses they study

3 The graduate labour market in 2013 Approximately 30% - 40% of vacancies are open to graduates with a degree from any discipline Employers increasingly focusing on professional attributes in addition to transferable skills Relevant work experience increasingly important Need for students to think earlier about their employability Employers are expecting to increase their graduate recruitment by 2.7% in 2013

4 What do employers want? Degree awarded at 2.1 or above Employability skills Extra-Curricular Activities Professional attributes Work Experience Commercial Awareness

5 What skills do Drama students have? confidence; self-presentation; teamwork and collaboration; time management and organisational skills; self-awareness; self-discipline; an open mind and the ability to move beyond boundaries and experiment with different ideas; communication skills; analytical, critical and research skills; the ability to cope with criticism and learn from it; stamina.

6 What is a career? Career choice is not an event or occasion Career choice is a process

7 Jobs directly related to your degree

8 Careers related to Drama Actor Arts administrator Community Arts Worker Drama teacher Dramatherapist Journalist Librarian, Special/Academic Media Planner Presenter TV/Radio Programme Researcher Stage manager Teacher Television Production Assistant University/Further Education Lecturer

9 Jobs that are not directly related to your degree Many employers value the skills you have gained more than the subject

10 Many options open to you! NHS Management Human Resources Advertising Production Management Public Relations Publishing Purchasing Retail Social Work TEFL Teaching

11 Researching Careers ription.htm y_sources.htmhttp://www.prospects.ac.uk/dramatherapist_job_desc ription.htm y_sources.htm Overview of the sector Job descriptions Salary and conditions Entry requirements Training Career development Employers and vacancy sources Related jobs

12 Graduate Schemes www guardianuk300.com

13 Example Graduate Schemes Accenture Aldi Arcadia BAE Systems BBC Bloomberg British Sugar Cancer Research UK Deliotte DFID Diageo Ernest & Young EU Careers IBM L’Oreal Mars McDonalds MI5 National Grid Penguin TeachFirst BBC

14 Example Graduate scheme (Bloomberg ) Finance IT Media Sales

15 Princess Productions & Shine TV To apply to the Graduate Researcher Scheme, please or post your CV, a photo, and a clever original idea for a new television series to: Closing Date 28th June 2013

16 Example graduate scheme Engineering Finance General Management Human Resources IT Marketing Sales

17 Postgraduate Study Approx 15%. of Drama graduates do PG study after graduation MA taught – 1 year Sept to June – lectures, June to Sept – dissertation. Research MA 1 to 2 years – often part-time PhD – 3 years. Nearly always a MA first. PGCE (teacher training) 1 year: See

18 Postgraduate study Postgraduate study is not essential but is a useful way of gaining more skills, experience and contacts. Entry is competitive and courses are intensive. A number of institutions offer a one-year MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Acting, or there are summer schools or short courses focusing on a particular element of acting, e.g. accent and dialogue coaching, stage combat, Shakespeare. Look for courses accredited by the National Council for Drama Training (NCDT) and The Conference of Drama Schools. There is some funding available via Dance and Drama Awards and possibly through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), but fees and maintenance costs during study can be considerable. Contact individual institutions for details.National Council for Drama Training (NCDT)The Conference of Drama SchoolsDance and Drama AwardsArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

19 Postgraduate study Not much funding available for MA. Fees are about £5,000. At Kent get £1,000 graduate school scholarship reduction Many students work for a year to fund it or do it part-time whilst working Consider vocational MA – journalism, publishing, HR, Media Production etc. Normally apply middle of final year. No UCAS can apply to as many course as you wish to – 3 or 4 is normal

20 Study Abroad Many postgraduate courses are now taught in English, especially in the Netherlands and Scandinavia No course fees in Sweden and about £1,000 in Germany and Denmark See admenu.htm#PGAbroad admenu.htm#PGAbroad

21 Being Successful Most people find a job in the creative industries by word of mouth: the more people you know in the industry the better your chances Market Yourself ! - It’s not necessarily who you know but who knows you

22 Using Social Media to Job Search Twitter Get industry updates Remember everything is public Page 22

23 Facebook ‘Like’ company pages ‘Like’ https://www.facebook.com/UKCEShttps://www.facebook.com/UKCES Is your profile professional enough?! Page 23

24 LinkedIn Search for jobs. Use key words in your profile. Follow companies. Connect with people in the industry. Join relevant groups. Page 24

25 What do Drama graduates do?

26 In broad terms (recent destinations) Employment 80% Further Study 15% Not available 3% Seeking employment 2%

27 Typical Employers (a selection) Arts Organisations: Arts Council England, British Film Institute Advertising: WPP Broadcasting organisations: BBC, Channel 4, ITV, SKY, Civil Service Departments/Agencies: DFID, HR Fast Strean Media Production Companies, Shine, Time Warner, Shedmedia Museums & Heritage organisations: V&A Publishing Companies: Random House, Penguin, Conde Naste Theatres: National Theatre, Traverse Schools, Colleges, Universities: TeachFirst

28 Useful resources BBC Academy ollections/job_profileshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/ ollections/job_profiles Get into Theatre opportunities/details/4396http://getintotheatre.org/ opportunities/details/4396 Creative Skillset Arts Council England

29 Useful websites ( a selection) motions_Internship_Paramount_Pictures.htmlwww.grapevinejobs.com motions_Internship_Paramount_Pictures.html choices.co.uk/jobs-opportunities/details/4440www.creative-choices.co.ukhttp://www.creative- choices.co.uk/jobs-opportunities/details/4440 spwww.artsjobsonline.com/jobseeker/jobseeker_jobs.a sp

30 Employment examples THEATRE - RELATED Bill Kenright - Assistant Producer Creation Theatre Company - Technical Stage Manager Glyndebourne Productions Ltd - Box Office Customer Service Administrator Glyndebourne Productions - Education Assistant Gulbenkian Theatre - Marketing Assistant Hamilton Hodell - Assistant to Actor's Agent Lyceum Theatre - Theatre Administrator New Wimbledon Theatre - Assistant Stage Manager Polka Theatre - Communications Officer Roundhouse Studios - Lighting Technician Royal Court Theatre - Stage Management Intern Royal Shakespeare Company - Dresser Symphony Hall - Marketing Assistant Tell Me a Tale - Drama Workshop Facilitator Theatre Company - Dramaturge Theatre Royal - Projects Co-ordinator Theatre Royal Brighton - Marketing Officer The Barbican - Marketing Assistant The Engine Shed Lincoln - Technical Crew The Marlowe Theatre Development Trust - Fundraising Campaign Assistant Warford Palace Theatre - Administrator

31 Employment examples MEDIA - RELATED AMA Consultancy - Events Co-ordinator Avalon TV Productions - Production Runner BBC Children in Need -Team Assistant; HR Assistant; Runner: Post Production Blackwell Publishing - Editorial Assistant Chapters Digital TV Ltd - Production Assistant Donmar Warehouse Theatre - Office Administrator Editworks (TV Post Production) - Runner/Assistant Emerald Publishing - Assistant Editor Film London - Receptionist Flare PR - PR Account Executive Fusion Post Production (TV) - Runner GE Fabbri - Editorial Assistant IPC Media - Advertising Executive ITV plc - Compliance Administrator National Magazine Co - Editorial Executive Oxford University Press - Journals Production Editor Penguin Publishing - Picture Researcher Rod Hall Agency - Assistant Literary Agent Round Midnight Ltd - Arts Worker Street PR - Contract Manager Tatler Magazine - Fashion Journalist The Independent - Intern Advertising & Editorial Assistant Tiger Aspect Productions - Comedy Runner Treasury Today - Editorial Assistant

32 Employment examples EDUCATION Briary Primary School - Teaching Assistant Capital Education - Recruitment Consultant Dept of Education & Training N.T. - Tutor EFL Teacher English Teacher Essex County Council - Drama Teacher/GTP English Language Teacher Great Walstead School - Teaching Assistant Halsford Park Primary School - Teaching Assistant Hogeschool - Asst English Teacher Kent County Council - Teacher Language Link Russia - Intern EFL Teacher Longhill High School - Teaching Asst Maidstone Grammar School for Boys - GTP English Teacher Oxley Park Primary School - Teaching Assistant St. Peter's School - Teaching Assistant Student Support Officer - University The Chumleigh Community College - Maths Technician Varndean School - Teaching Assistant Vayu Naidu Co - Education Project Organiser Woodfield School - Arts Development Officer

33 Employment examples OTHER Achievements - Genealogist Amos & Dawton - Negotiator/Estate Agent Arnold Deacon Greene & Co - Archive Manager British Airways - Cabin Crew Codor Digital - Administration & Production Assistant Confetti & Lace - Bridal Consultant/Assistant Manager Curtis Brown - Talent Intern Debenhams - Trainee Buyer DMG World Media - Sales Executive English Heritage - Events Assistant Fandango Heartbeat - Fundraising Director Faversham House Group - Production Assistant HMP Cookham Wood - Trainee Prison Officer KCC Kent Youth Service - Youth Worker Kinnleigh Folkard Hayward - Letting Negotiator Launch Group PR - Junior Account Executive Lionhead Studios - Games Tester NHS - Finance Officer PRJS - Researcher Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity - Wish Administrator Smiths News - Distribution & Stock Control Administrator The Butters Group Ltd - Creative Product Developer The Maltings - Youth Leader

34 Further study examples Canterbury Christ Church ( PGCEs ) - Citizenship, Post Compulsory English/Drama, Primary (x3), Secondary English Circamedia, Bristol - Circus Skills course Central Lancashire Univ/Radio Lancashire - Pg Dip Broadcast Central School of Speech & Drama (x3) - MA Acting for Screen, MA Acting, MA Speech & Drama Coastal SCITT - PGCE College of Law, Guildford - Legal Practice Course (LPC) International House - TEFL Kings College London - MA in Shakespeare Studies & Playhouse London Institute of Education - PGCE Secondary English Oxford Brookes University - MSc Digital Media Production RADA - BA Acting RADA & King's College London - MA Text & Performance Studies Rose Bruford College (x2) - MA Theatre Practice, Pg Dip Acting Skills Plus - Certificate in Community Volunteering University of Cumbria - PGCE General Primary University of Hertfordshire - PGCE Primary UNIVERSITY OF KENT - Certificate in Law & Society, MA Creative Writing, MA Cultural Study of Cosmology & Divination, MA English, MA English & American Literature, MA Theatre Dramaturgy, MPhil Drama, MSc Management University of Reading (x3) - MSc Marketing & International Management, PGCE Secondary Drama (x2) University of Wales Cardiff - Pg Diploma Magazine Journalism University of Warwick - MA Television & Theatre Studies UWE - LPC

35 Self-employment/Freelance In the creative arts and culture industry 44% of people are self-employed compared to 13% in the UK as a whole. s/selfemployment.htm

36 Placements and Internships - Definitions Internship: Usually 1-3 months long, during a summer vacation. The student works on a defined project at a graduate level. Graduate Internship Usually 3-6 months long, after graduation. The student works on a defined project at a graduate level.

37 Placements and Internships - Definitions Placement: Also called sandwich year or year in industry. Usually 9-12 months long during the penultimate year of study. Must be relevant to degree course. The student works on a defined project at a graduate level. Work experience/shadowing: 1-2 weeks unpaid. A taster of the career area. Insight day Taster days organised by companies.

38 Top Tips during your Placement/Internship Make an impression: Use your initiative. Get feedback. Be professional. Network Ask to shadow/work in different departments. Connect with your colleagues on LinkedIn. Keep a log of the skills you have gained with examples.

39 Searching for placements/internships Vacancy database ‘ ‘I want to work in….’ section Vacancy database Job sectors Graduate directories Speculative approach

40 Searching for placements/internships wPage/Home_page/p!ecaaefghttp://graduatetalentpool.direct.gov.uk/cms/Sho wPage/Home_page/p!ecaaefg

41 What if I’m still stuck? Make the most of opportunities (planned happenstance) Think about it little and often Make an appointment to speak to a careers adviser

42 How the Careers and Employability Service can help you.

43 What we do Careers Talks and Workshops Careers Library: Employer Directories, Occupational Profiles, Books etc Comprehensive Web Pages Careers Employability Award (CEM) on Moodle Vacancy Database Alumni Careers Network Annual Careers and Recruitment Fair Drop In - Quick Query Careers Guidance Interviews

44 Careers and Employability Service Web Site:

45 Careers and Employability Service Web Pages I want to work in …. What can I do with my degree in Choosing a Career tm tm Interviews (includes assessment centres and psychometric tests etc.) Example CVs & Covering Letters Creative Career Search Employability Skills

46 Careers Employability Award  The module takes about 12 hours to complete  But this can be done at your own pace You do this by completing:  9 quizzes  3 short assignments  1 feedback form

47 Comments from students who have completed the award. “I liked the fact that the assignments relate to how you would fill in answers on a graduate job application step by step and provides examples of how to fill it in.” “I really enjoyed the quizzes. They effectively highlighted the gaps in my knowledge, as many of the answers surprised me. I also found the module on creating my own CV very useful, these skills will be invaluable for tailoring my CV to particular jobs.” “There is a wealth of information about everything; I especially liked the individual information about specific job types and the advice given about interview skills.”

48 Attend Careers Talks and Workshops. A Career in Sales Champions Life Academy The Network CRCC (Asia, China Internship Programme ) (Student Skills and Employability)http://www.kent.ac.uk/calendar/ ents.htmhttp://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/casev ents.htm

49 Recent talk, the Network Do you want to work in TV?

50 Their advice … Get work experience Watch TV!!!! Think how could you improve something? Read the credits Find out who does what genres Get addresses Contact people, knock on doors Be persistent!

51 Vacancy Database All vacancies sent to the Careers and Employability Service by employers, whether for graduate jobs, sandwich placements or vacation work/internships are entered on this database which offers: alerts of new vacancies which may interest you Employers notifying vacancies are often specifically targeting Kent graduates, so competition for jobs is lower than on other vacancy sites

52 Speak to an adviser: Quick query, drop in and speak to an adviser 10.30am pm and 2.00pm-4pm Monday to Friday. E mail and an adviser will respond to your query. You can also book a longer career guidance appointment over the phone or pop in.

53 Advice Use including Prospects Planner, to research options availablewww.prospects.ac.uk Use Get relevant work experience! Think beyond the stereotypes of organisations e.g. Bloomberg, e-on Find out how the sectors you are interested in recruit NETWORK !! Find out who actually makes the decisions for hiring Make use of the Careers and Employability Service

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