People Talking About Media Careers: Advice & Inspiration

ERICA BUIST – FEATURES WRITER @ THE GUARDIAN

I cannot overstate how lost I was during my student years. Much of my MA was spent reading news about how utterly screwed we were going to be upon graduation. Upon graduation, being ignored by the editor of every publication you've ever respected takes its toll. Nothing improves your writing like having to do it every day. creating your own content makes you more attractive to employers for several reasons. No one is impressed by grades or the simple fact of a qualification: if you want to be a writer, they need to see your work. If you're a student and looking to build a career similar to mine, do it properly. Start now. Write all the time. Pitch and write until you realise you already have a job. READ MORE ERICA


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ELLEN C SCOTT – DIGITAL JOURNALIST @ METRO & COSMOPOLITAN

I've learned that while natural writing talent will get you far, being a reliable writer who can take criticism, meets deadlines, brings new ideas, and rarely makes mistakes, you'll be an editor's dream – which makes them bring you back in. I've also learned that it pays to take risks and add your personality to everything you write. The pieces that have done well and made people remember me are the ones that have my weird humour, personal experience, or an angle that other people might not have added. I'd also recommend students join their university newspaper. I didn't, and I still regret missing out on that experience – if only so I had actually been able to chat to other aspiring journalists from my uni. READ MORE ELLEN


SIMISOLA JOLAOSO - TRAINNE PRODUCTION JOURNALIST @ ITV BORDER

First, everything's going to turn out okay. Second, get experience! I only got my first relevant work placement at 21, at the Africa News Network, but today, I often meet people as young as 16 doing work placements. It makes me wonder where I could have been today had I started earlier. But it is also a testament that anyone can start at any age, as long as they stay focused and get as much experience as possible. Every single thing you do adds value to who you are – you either learn new technical skills, or build up your character, so don’t take anything for granted.  Get as many placements as you can, the more experience you can show you have, the easier it will become to get a paid entry-level role. READ MORE SIMISOLA


CAREERS ADVICE FROM FOOTBALL JOURNALISTS 

I’ve hired several work experience students because of my own route into magazines but it’s been a long time since we’ve had anyone good enough – and enthusiastic enough – to recruit, which is frustrating because the chance is there for anyone to come in and show they could be a brilliant addition to the team. Write, write, write! Lots of prospective journalists don’t seem to write much. It’s a little strange. I took an off-piste route into the industry and probably did more free written pieces than many, but your writing is your face-value proof that you can do what you claim you can. If finding one hour a day to write, five days a week is too much to ask, you don’t want it enough to make it in an extremely competitive industry. READ MORE FROM FOOTBALL JOURNALISTS


CAREERS ADVICE FROM MULTIMEDIA PRODUCERS IN THE VIDEO GAMES INDUSTRY

Even before I went to university, I knew that I wanted a career in media and to work in an industry I loved such as video games. I knew that coming out of university with little to no involvement in the industry would leave me at quite a disadvantage, because sometimes having a degree simply isn’t enough. So alongside my studies, I did a few internships, started blogging about my interests and did some freelance work to help me build experience for my CV. Once I graduated, this proved to be vital in me getting job interviews right out of the block and meant I got a job at PlayStation three months after I graduated. READ MORE FROM VIDEO GAMES PEOPLE


RHODRI WILLIAMS -- DIGITAL PRODUCER @ RIO 2016

A paper CV and cover letter only gets you so far – having all of what you have done be easily accessible online is a great way to back those words up. One of my biggest regrets is not tapping my university for more opportunities. I wish I’d started a film club, ran a university film festival or filmed and photographed more university sports. If you’re doing a creative course, never stop. Take part in 48-hour film festivals, make a film a day for month, do photo challenges, make more random things – anything to test your craft and get better. Work with the people on your course, start a weekly YouTube channel, make a podcast. Once you leave university and enter the real world that time disappears very fast!  READ MORE RHODRI


CAREERS ADVICE FROM PEOPLE WORKING AT FOOTBALL CLUBS

Just write. When a job opportunity arises with us, I’m always surprised at the number of applicants there are without a body of work behind them or an online portfolio to point to. It’s a competitive job market and I was aware early on that I would have to write for publications voluntarily and to take the thrill of having a byline as payment. There’s so much good writing out there now and to expect to get work on the strength of a university degree isn’t enough. You’ll only improve your craft by making mistakes and learning from them. READ MORE FROM FOOTBALL PEOPLE


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