201MC: Professional Experience

201MC: Professional Experience

What are employers looking for?

  • Professional
  • Visual Impact
  • Quick and Easy
  • Error Free
  • Experience
  • Technical Skills
  • Transferable Skills
  • Evidence
  • Tailored to the company/role
  • Distinctive
  • Qualifications
  • Achievements
  • (Contribution)
  • (Enthusiasm)

Preparation: Identify your unique set of strengths:

  • Skills you’ve learned on the course
  • Achievements
  • Relevant Experience

Transferable skills:

  • Evaluate my own work
  • Initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative work
  • Work flexibly, creatively and independently
  • Be self disciplined
  • Organise and manage projects
  • Work productively in a team or group, showing abilities to listen, contribute and learn

CV font shouldn’t be bigger than 10.

CV Skeleton:

  • Personal Details:

-Name, contact details (email/number), address

  • Profile

-Short statement representing you (degree you’re doing/aims/how you’re unique)

  • Education and Qualifications

-(How many GCSE’s from grade A*-C)

  • Relevant Work Experience

-Dates from and to

-Contribution (e.g. ideas, stepping up etc)

  • Skills


  • Filmography

-Put details onto CV

  • Additional information
  • Interests

-Relevant and unique

  • Reference


  • Your area of specialty (camera, sound, post production etc.)
  • Link to website/online portfolio
  • Technical Skills (what equipment can you use)
  • Transferable Skills (how can you do that job/what responsibilities do you have)
  • Relevant Employment
  • Filmography- ones as part of the course and ones made commercially or for another purpose
  • Driving licence etc.

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Use Action Words
  • Be specific- fact, results, feedback

What did you do? What are you proud of?

  • Created…
  • Initiated…
  • Promoted…

Do I send a Creative CV?

  • Can create a positive and lasting impression
  • Know the company
  • Your CV can stand out from others
  • Choose images relevant to organisation/role and clear
  • Images must enhance and complement your CV but still have room for details
  • Can use humour or clever strapline
  • The quality of the ending is paramount

Cover letter or email

  • Use the name of the person you’re writing to
  • Do your research before you write
  • Show you are keen, capable and professional
  • Be specific about what you’re seeking- work placement? Job?
  • Give dates available and outline your objectives
  • Outline how your skills, experience and interests match the company’s’
  • How will the company benefit?

201MC: Professional Experience

Professional Experience      

Work Experience Matters?

-Presented by Emma Scott

Creative Futures: The Enterprise and Employability Unit for FAH

Experience is not easy come easy go, it’s about building a portfolio for yourself and your personality. Work experience doesn’t mean you’re forgotten especially if you’re in the creative arts industry. Its about you and only you, its about you answering the questions that you have. You have to engage with the process.

“Employers need young people who are resilient, good communicators and understand how to work as part of a team” John Longworth.

“Business people tend to favour more skilled and experienced applicants” BBC news website.


  • Ensure you have a CV/Portfolio/Examples of work available to send to an employer.
  • Start creating your top ten list of organisations you would like to work with and look through employer websites to find out information on clients they work with.
  • Company websites normally have contact details. Use this.
  • If you see a placement advertisement, which is relevant to your industry, contact the employer and ask if they would consider a placement student.
  • Always follow up an application.

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The ideal attributes of an employee:

  • Resourceful
  • Intuitive
  • Communicative
  • Innovative
  • Early Adopter


201MC: Professional Experience- Summer Homework

Over the course of the year you will be increasingly expected to start seeing yourself as a professional media practitioner and acting as one. You should, therefore, use the summer to start to research how you can start to use the different platforms and networks open to media professionals to present yourself to the outside world. For example, do you need to have your own portfolio website and profiles on professional networks such as Linkedin/Twitter/Shooting People etc).

During the year, you will be involved in a significant period of professional experience through the 201MC: Professional Experience module. The module starts in October with the main professional experience – a placement, an internship, a self-directed project or a mixture of all of them – taking place from Easter to the middle of May. If you want this to include a professional placement this will have to be arranged and agreed by February 2015. Please followhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/mediaopportunities/ for links to opportunities that could be part of your Professional Experience Module

What you need to do now is to:

·Reflect upon your experience to date and the steps you need to take to improve your professionalism during your second year at University.

·Think about the skills (personal, professional, transferable) you wish to develop during your second year, specifically in the Professional Experience module. Don’t just play to your strengths: use this as an opportunity to develop your weaker areas

·Isolate how you might develop those skills: as a formal work placement, in a number of smaller placements, working independently on a project for a client, working independently on your own professional project etc.

·Contact potential placement providers and arranging placements. The earlier you do this the more successful you will be so it is important that you do this now.

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