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Career Guides 18 Apr 2019

How to get started in the creative industry when you have no experience

Whether you are a recent graduate or are looking to complete a placement in the creative industry it can be difficult to know where to start. Potential employers want experience, so without it what do you do?

Thinking about where you would like to be in five years’ time, the type of company you want to work for, your strengths, weaknesses and what you can bring to the table can help to focus your mind on how to achieve it. Take a look at our top tips below:

1. Build your own package of skills – learn as much as you can

Putting together your own personalised skills package is really important. It will not only set you apart from the competition, but it will also give you physical and mental collateral for every interview you go to. For example, by undergoing certain types of development whether that be local workshops, online training courses or accredited training- you’ll be able to build your personal portfolio of skills, making you more desirable from an employer’s point of view as they’ll be able to see that you’re keeping up with trends, pushing and applying yourself to learning new skills (that will benefit you and of course them) on a daily/weekly basis.

2. Build your personal profile

This will prove invaluable as you’ll be able to showcase your achievements, work, discoveries, ideologies and more to each respective company. This will enable you to expand yourself in terms of time management, productivity, organisation and presentation- all skills that you’ll need in your field of choice. Ensure you keep your portfolio fresh and current, by updating it as much as possible. Whether that’s creating an online version for the web (tools such as Behance or Instagram) or even building a portfolio website on WordPress, you’ll always have somewhere to reference when talking to potential employers.

3. Don’t be afraid to network, get to know people and make contacts

Networking will help you get your name out there. Linkedin is great for not only building your network but also sharing updates, achievements and goals to present to new and future contacts as well as promoting your work. Just remember to have an updated profile picture that’s not a selfie, with a clear bio explaining what you do (skills wise), where you’re going and what you want to be doing. This will signify to your network or potential employers that you’re serious in your job search.

4. Work with other like-minded creatives

Working with other creatives will not only open more opportunities for you but it will also expose you to new thoughts, skills and even tools. This is because what you may be fluent in, another may not and vice versa. Working with other creatives will also improve your own networking skills and help you establish yourself as a professional creative who is ready to take on that new challenge.

5. Apply for professional work experience

Work experience is a great way to get stuck into your future role. Even if you can’t find something directly related to what you want to do. You can at least find something within your chosen future sector. This will not only give you a boost when it comes to how much experience you have, but it will also give you more confidence in a professional environment.

6. Learn more about the sector you want to work in

In our opinion, it is really important to read up on your prospective sector, whilst immersing yourself in all things ‘creative’. For example, Marketing, UX/UI and web development blogs, magazines and other resources will help you immensely as you’ll also be able to keep up with trends, mergers, innovations and updates within the industry and have confident conversations with potential managers. This will also aid you in the interview process as the interviewer will capitalise on your knowledge and be impressed with your know-how and understanding of current topics within that sector.

Overall, there is a lot to think about if you are considering a career within the creative industry. From your own skillsets right the way down to building your own portfolio. It is important to understand your own key strengths and how you’ll be able to integrate them into your future creative career. A key piece of advice from us includes taking the time to understand where you want to go whilst still being proactive in continuing to build and develop new and present skill sets.

If you are a recent graduate and would like further advice then you can check out our article here.

If you have any questions then please email me Vicky at Vicky.Fellows@ic-resources.com

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