Finding work can be daunting when you are first starting out. We have some tips & tricks to help from CV writing to industry specific networking events, you can even check out the other courses to pool ideas.
As with any industry you need to research companies that interest you and put together excellent self-promotion materials. The key is to start building contacts as early on in your course as you can.
Further tips for making contacts
You should be keeping a list of companies that interest you from the time you start your degree.
Find contact details of employers on their company websites by just putting 'colourist' or 'editor assistant' into a search engine and then making a list of companies that do the kind of work that you are interested in. Start following them on Twitter or follow their blogs.
You can also then look up the names of contacts within these companies on Linkedin and connect with them, it is really normal to connect with people you don’t know on Linkedin, just make sure your profile looks professional. The Careers and Industry Liaison team can help you with this.
You can join some groups e.g. on Linkedin there are examples for colourists and post-production Professional's Club.
By reading group posts and taking part in discussions you will learn a lot about what people are talking about in the industry. Not all of it will be relevant to you but all that you read will expand your knowledge of the industry.
Often people advertise that they need people for job roles or freelance work within these groups.
You can change the group digest to weekly updates rather than daily to save your inbox.
Use the following resources to help you network your way into a job.
- Post Production UK - This site will help with tips and tricks to making it in your industry.
- Film and Sound - Good for specifics regarding job roles.
- Meetup - Website that groups people with similar interests.
- Glassdoor - A unique resource where students can read real-life experiences current and former employees had with a company.