Careers within journalism, media, the performing arts and publishing are typical dream destinations – and our graduates often end up landing permanent jobs within these areas. However, it’s worth taking the time to consider your talents and the skills you develop as a LiFTS graduate and investigating all available career routes.
- Marketing, public relations or advertising presents an opportunity to make the most of your writing skills and creative flair.
- Legal careers may possibly require further qualification, but LiFTS graduates have the foundational skills in communicating accurate, evidenced and persuasive arguments.
- If you’re interested in building better community relationships, a career in applied theatre may await.
- Your ability to think critically, question and analyse information is an in-demand skill in any number of industries, as well as being an essential quality in anyone who wishes to pursue further HE study.
But be prepared - few graduates from any subject, step directly into their ideal role, but this is especially the case within the highly competitive fields which attract graduates from creative degrees.
Many of our academics are practising professionals within the arts and media. This means that alongside teaching you, they continue to work within and develop their knowledge of their respective industries. Dr Annecy Lax is Senior Lecturer in Drama, as well as being a playwright and theatre producer. She recommends a multi-faceted approach to building your career.
“You need to be prepared to use and develop other areas of expertise, like IT skills, customer service, managing budgets and so on, to serve and promote your main area of authority, whether that’s writing, filmmaking or the performing arts. Your early career experiences may not always feel like they are directly related to your degree or to your eventual goal, but you are collecting the building blocks of a portfolio-style career, which will call on your different strengths at different times. A job that looks different to the norm might be right for you.”
Freelancing can feel like an intimidating prospect, but if you want to build a career as a performer or theatre-maker, journalist, writer or filmmaker, it can be your route into a truly rewarding lifestyle.
You will be able to concentrate your energies on what you love to do best – although you need to accept that being your own “brand”, managing your own finances and organising your own workload is all part of the deal. Freelancing typically involves a combination of securing existing short-term opportunities with the creation your own projects.
A number of our graduates have taken the freelance route into self-employment, setting up as publishers, theatre companies and writers. At Essex, we will endeavour to make sure you feel confident to work in this way, with our practitioner staff always on hand to advise you on practicalities, such as securing funding and finding networking opportunities.