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Getting a Media Job in Britain
Working in the
media in Great Britain is a challenging prospect, but with patience
and diligence (not to mention a bit of luck) it's easy to take
advantage of the number of different kinds of specializations within
media which allow an individual to make a living.
Media jobs encompass everything from being a film or television
personality to writing articles for magazines and newspapers. Media
jobs can also be found in more technical skill areas like video
production, sound engineering, and graphic manipulation/animation.
By considering the skill set you bring to the table with a media
job, you can increase the likelihood that you will find a role that
will allow you to be as successful as possible.
When beginning a career in the media, no matter what your specific
role may be, you are not likely to earn a high salary. Many
entry-level jobs in the media are low- or no-pay, and particular
reliance is placed on interns, especially at film and television
production companies. These roles are usually not paid and may
require an individual to be earning credit for a course at college
or university. When working at an internship in the media industry,
the contacts one makes are just as important, if not more so, as the
salary and practical experience one obtains. Later in your career
you can expect to rely on connections made in early internships, as
is the case in many other industries.
In general, formal qualifications are not required for work in the
media, however individuals who choose not to obtain credentials from
colleges or university may find that their job hunt takes longer and
keeps them at a low pay grade for longer than some who attend
prestigious media universities. With this in mind, it is just as
likely that by starting young and working at a low level, an
individual who has not obtained an advanced degree may be able to
prove their worth through the quality of their work alone. Unlike
other, more formalized fields, working in the media allows for this
kind of maverick approach.
Perhaps the most important thing for individuals who wish to work in
the media to realize is that this is not an industry that offers a
steady paycheck to most people who try to work in it. You should
always anticipate lean times, and save accordingly, perhaps even
developing several streams of income.