Published on October 21st, 2011 | by charliesaidthat0
How to Get A Job In The Media Industry – #4TGenC
The Connected Generation in the UK Media Industry
I went to Channel 4’s, 4Talent event on Wednesday evening discussing social mobility in the creative industries and the ways in which the talent in the connected generation (Gen C) are entering, and can enter, the media industry.
This is an issue which is really close to the hearts of many who work in the media industry, myself included.
Personally, after university I felt exasperated with the lack of paid opportunities, so I started my own digital marketing agency.
The panel was incredibly diverse:
Tim Campbell (chairing the event) – Entrepreneur & winner of The Apprentice
(left to right behind Tim)
Jo Swinson MP – East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrats
Martin Bright – Chief Executive of NDotM
David Abraham – Channel 4’s CEO
Jamel Edwards - Young Entrepreneur
Andy Pickles – Entrepreneur and DJ
Hannah Musisi – Business Development Manager Turner Broadcasting
Questioning the Media Industry Entry Paths
The session looked to answer some of the most common questions;
How do you get into the media industry?
Should you take that unpaid internship?
Should you wait until a better opportunity comes up?
Or should you take the plunge and start something yourself?
And whilst no clear answers emerged about internships, the message was loud and clear…
So, Is Experience better than a qualification?
In short, yes.
Experience in the media industry is vital. A degree on it’s own doesn’t really make you better placed for a job in the media industry.
The best bit of advice was to do something you love. Get stuck in, build your portfolio and be different.
You don’t have to get a degree, but if you do, think about how you can add value through your other time and activities.
You need to be more than a certificate to an interviewer.
Should Companies Lead With Better Opportunities?
Talk quickly moved from talented candidates to companies. What more can they be doing to help nurture talent in the UK?
Media: Just a young person’s industry?
Whilst the focus on this discussion was on young talent (do you need a degree, or not?). It was increasingly apparent that entering the media industry is more about demonstrating your talent and having that kick ass portfolio.
It shouldn’t matter if you are young, old, black, white and got a degree or not. What matters is the quality of your ideas and execution.
Get involved, whether it’s doing your own thing, or jumping at any opportunities that present themselves, free or otherwise. Just don’t expect the opportunities to come to you and have a thick skin. The media industry can seem cruel, but dust yourself down and carry on. It’s about your passion.
So get out there, get involved and start doing something you love. Persevere and make a difference.
Disclaimer: I was hired by 4Talent and livetweeted from @4Talent for the duration of the event.