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Your Career in the Media & Creative Industries
Building Employability Skills



December 2023 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Employability is at the front of all our minds when studying for a degree, but it can be hard to find resources that offer thorough guidance in finding placements and job opportunities.  This textbook offers you a step-by-step guide to careers in the media industry.  Drawing on their own extensive teaching experience, the authors ask you questions in every chapter to help you practise your critical thinking skills.  They offer specific exercises to help you develop a portfolio, CV, social media profiles and interview skills. This up-to-date resource will equip you to discover and secure your dream creative job.  Packed with exclusive insights in 'Student Voices' and 'Hear From the Experts' sections, this book contains tips from those at every stage of their career.

This book is written to complement employability and work placement modules across a whole range of media and communication degrees, but it's also for any undergraduate student looking to work in the media and creative industries. It covers every stage of the job-seeking process, starting with guidance for identifying potential employment sectors and incorporating insights into what employers are looking for from you.  This key text will leave you feeling career-ready by informing you about the world of opportunities in the media and creative industries. By the end of the book, you will have practised writing a cover letter and delivering an 'elevator pitch', allowing you to feel confident as you take the next steps beyond university.  Spanning topical issues, from working from home and freelancing to advice on avoiding burnout, this introduction to your media career is both current and comprehensive.
 
 
Chapter 1: MEDIA DEGREES AND CAREER SKILLS, QUALITIES AND ATTRIBUTES
Thinking about your degree course in the context of your career

 
 
Chapter 2: EXPLORING THE MEDIA AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Identifying potential employment sectors

 
 
Chapter 3: ANALYSING YOUR SKILLS AND QUALITIES
Identifying what employers are looking for

 
 
Chapter 4: EXPLORING POTENTIAL CAREER AREAS
Researching career case studies

 
 
Chapter 5: WORKING FOR YOURSELF
Considering entrepreneurship, freelancing and self-employment

 
 
Chapter 6: DEFINING WORK EXPERIENCE
Finding the right placement for you

 
 
Chapter 7: DEVELOPING MATERIALS FOR WORK EXPERIENCE
Preparing your CV, cover letter and making applications

 
 
Chapter 8: BUILDING YOUR BRAND FOR WORK EXPERIENCE
Managing your digital footprint

 
 
Chapter 9: SECURING YOUR PLACEMENT
Applying and interviewing for work experience

 
 
Chapter 10: PREPARING FOR YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE
Making the transition from student to professional

 
 
Chapter 11: GETTING THE BEST OUT OF YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE
Modelling professional behaviours in the workplace

 
 
Chapter 12: REFLECTING ON WORK EXPERIENCE
Debriefing and critical reflection

 
 
Chapter 13: PREPARING FOR GRADUATION
Setting out your career plan

 

Very sound. It is borne out of knowledge and experience and definitely meets a need… I am aware of the work that Georgia and Matt have done and the impact that they have had on the outcomes of students.

Suzanne McGregor
University of Nottingham

A book like this would be very useful for my students…I think that this feels very contemporary and relevant really… I would have plenty of confidence in it to recommend it as a set-text for our students.

James Dalby
University of Gloucestershire

The structure of the book would form an excellent module outline to help construct a placement preparation module… The proposal sounds good and the content would have value.

Emma Lennox
Queen’s University Belfast

This textbook looks to meet the needs of a wide range of students in our school… I would certainly use it and recommend it to colleagues… I hope this book is published and I genuinely look forward to reading it.

Mary Agnes Krell
University of Sussex

The general approach is active, practical, informative, but also seeks to inspire the student to act. I think it would be very well received.

Claire Mc Mahon
The University of York

This textbook closely meets our students’ needs… The text fills a gap in the existing list of available textbooks as none is aimed directly at the cohort of art and media students. This makes this proposal an extremely strong one.

Shira Pinczuk
University of Winchester

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