- December 10, 2021 at 9:56 pm #2113s
Hello. I’m looking for some advice about getting work experience. I’m at school studying for my GCSEs. I’m currently doing Media Studies and am planning to do Film Studies at A Level and hopefully at University. Working in the film or TV industry is my ultimate goal.
My school requires all its GCSE students to do work experience after the exams in July 2022 and expect placements to be sorted by the end of January. How often do work experience opportunities come up and how far in advance would they be advertised? Would it be a good idea to send speculative emails to companies or should I wait for advertised roles?
Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!
- December 13, 2021 at 2:50 pm #2124a
I hope you are well and apologies for the delay in responding.
This is a really good question and one I hear a lot. You may get different responses from other mentors but it really is what works best for you at the end of the day. My advice is to not wait for advertised roles, as it may be too late by the time any opportunities become available. I would make contact with as many companies, departments or individuals as possible so you can start to build a relationship with them early on. My advice is if you know an area or a role you are interested in then be clear with your intention. You mention your goal is to work in tv or film. Do you have a specific area or role that you are interested in? For instance, would you like to be a writer, director, camera operator? It is absolutely ok to not know as well, but then at least you can be open to all opportunities that become available.
Start a new thread on here even, saying you are looking for work experience and if any become available then you would love to be considered for the role. It might help others or there maybe other people in your position that found work experience via another method.
We have had a couple of students on the academy that got offered work experience and are now working in the industry off the back of those opportunities. If there is a thread on the Crew Room where you say what you are looking for and for when we can all keep an eye on it and when anyone has an opportunity they can contact you directly. I manage a studio and we will be looking to give work experience opportunities next year as well so I will definitely consider you once I know what you are looking for.
I hope this helps, but please come back to me if you need anything else or if you need me to go into more detail on anything.
- December 27, 2021 at 8:34 pm #2139s
Thank you so much for the advice and for responding!
- January 17, 2022 at 8:39 am #2140a
Good luck Sophie… YOU CAN DO IT 🙂
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