Interactive Media

If you've studied interactive media, games design, web design or multimedia and are wondering about your career options and how to to get that all important first job, have a look at the following information for tips and pointers. If you'd like to talk anything through, come in to see a careers adviser who'll be pleased to help you.

What career options are there with my degree?

Job titles are not standard within the industry, but your career could involve designing, developing and maintaining items such as:

  • Web sites and intranets
  • Multimedia CD-ROMs and DVDs
  • Computer games
  • Interactive elements to accompany television programmes ('enhanced TV')
  • Fully-interactive television programmes
  • Interactive content for mobile devices

Look at the computer games and interactive media sections of the Skillset website as well as the Prospects IT occupational profiles for more information.

Who employs interactive media graduates?

Typical employers could include:

  • Small specialist multimedia consultancies
  • Broadcasting corporations
  • Mobile telecoms companies
  • Advertising companies
  • Games companies
  • Software companies
  • The Government

Many multimedia specialists choose to become self employed or to work freelance. It is common for professionals to have a portfolio career where they may combine two or more work activities.

What do employers look for?

As well as core employability skills, you may require a range of technical IT, video and audio skills as well as design skills. Employers, especially smaller enterprises, often want employees who can multi-task and who have skills in a range of disciplines. You may learn these extra skills on the job or by further study after graduating.

Where can I find jobs and work experience?

Although some interactive media jobs are advertised, most people find work by networking and contacting employers speculatively. Download our guide to job hunting within Interactive Media and the Web for full information, or for quick reference, here are some useful websites to get you started.

Specific job hunt websites for interactive media

  • Develop online - games industry website featuring jobs and company directory
  • Games Recruit - games industry jobs board and recruitment agency
  • Edge Online - global industry games network which advertises jobs in gaming
  • Games Industry - jobs in the games industry
  • Gamasutra - advertises jobs in games and provides a list of companies which can be used for speculative applications
  • IT Jobs for Graduates - IT vacancy site aimed at graduates
  • Bubble Jobs Ltd - for web, digital and social media jobs

Organisations which may help you to begin networking

  • Screen West Midlands - lead agency for TV, film and digital media in the West Midlands
  • The Serious Games Institute - conducts research and offers business start up support
  • The Lighthouse - promotes digital media in Wolverhampton and the West Midlands
  • Media Talent Bank -  promotes the media industry in the West Midlands
  • Media Content Lab - a creative multidisciplinary team based in Birmingham who produce digital media products and who take placement students and graduates

Industry magazines

Other useful websites