Many graduates successfully establish a career using
their creative skills; to do so takes determination and
persistence. You will need to understand thoroughly the work
area that you wish to break into so that you can create your
own opportunities and promote yourself effectively. It is also
useful to find out about creative career trends so
you know what you are likely to face.
The creative industries cover a wide variety of areas
including: animation, advertising, computer games, craft,
cultural heritage, design, digital media, interactive media, fine
art, fashion, film, photoimaging, textiles and TV.
There is a great deal of overlap and graduates frequently
establish creative careers that are slightly outside of
the art discipline they have studied. When considering which
direction you'd like to take your creative career, it's important
to explore the full range of creative opportunities that may
be available to you. The following guides cover the main things you
need to know if you'd like to work in any of the areas mentioned.
They give suggestions about the following.
Many creative professionals are self employed. Our handout
business skills highlights the main things you need to know and
organisations that can help if you are thinking about starting a
A major survey called Creative Graduates Creative
Futures investigated the career paths of creative
graduates five years after they left university and found
It also found that it is common for creative professionals to
work freelance and to develop a unique, portfolio career,
especially as so many roles are not formally advertised and emerge
on a temporary, project basis. Read more about creative career
trends so that you know what you'll face and so you can think
This is a really good way to develop your own career ideas,
to get tips on how to go about making your ideas real and to find
out about the challenges you may face so you can figure out how to
prepare for them.
There are a range of sites featuring the career
stories of creative graduates. Some really good ones
Sign up for Linked In and join
the Creative Employability Networks group. This has been
set up for students and graduates from the University of
Wolverhampton by the Creative Employability Studio and is a good
way to link up with past students and to find out what they
When seeking work, it is essential that you think about how your
creative work or skills would be of benefit to the customers,
clients or employers that you are approaching and that you
demonstrate this in the promotional materials you choose to show
Promotional materials can include: CVs, cover letters,
showreels, portfolios, websites, screenshots.
You need to be able to speak fluently about your work and
capabilities when meeting employers or commissioners for the
first time, for example at interviews, networking events or when
making speculative phone calls. Our following guides may help:
For more help speak to a Careers Adviser. Also visit the
Creative Employability Studio in on the ground floor of the School
of Art and Design and view their work opportunities on Facebook.
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