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Your Discover! Creative Careers week

 

Taking place across England from 18 – 22 November, Discover! will see over 500 employers from across the creative industries opening their doors to tens of thousands of young people to inspire and inform the next generation of creative workers.

We’ve got employers from all 12 creative sectors taking part up and down the country, from Xsite Architecture in Newcastle to Newlyn Art Gallery in Penzance.

How can your school get involved?

Discover! Creative Careers resources

Even if your school does not have a workplace visit organised, there are plenty of ways in which you can run an exciting Discover! Creative Careers Week in your school and meet more of your Gatsby Benchmarks:

For Gatsby benchmark one... get ready for next year's Discover! week by reading our resource packs, exploring this website and ensuring creative careers are part of your stable careers programme.

For Gatsby benchmarks two and three... download our lesson plans for the creative industry, designed to open minds to creative job opportunities and help students identify how their skills fit within them.

For Gatsby benchmark four... link your existing curriculum plans to creative careers, for example, in maths you could discuss production budget sheets, in English, you could try out scriptwriting or in Art you could put on exhibitions, giving students the chance to try out roles like curator, event organiser and social media promotor. 

For Gatsby benchmark five... connect with our partner Speakers4Schools to invite creative industry professionals to speak at your school.

For Gatsby benchmark six... organise your own workplace visit for students with local creative employers.

For Gatsby benchmark seven... invite local FE and HE providers to run vocational workshops or student-led peer-to-peer sessions using their creative knowledge, tools and facilities. Daily Discover Creative Careers films produced by creative industry-specialist providers will be designed to be used for tutorial sessions, each setting up a discussion or task that could be used to kickstart learning.

Tutorial resources for Discover! Week 

As part of Discover! Creative Careers Week 2019, the Creative Careers Programme team have joined forces with Chocolate Films, Global Academy, ELAM (East London Arts & Music Academy), The Brit School and Escape Studios to create a series of films introducing some of the many roles that exist across the creative industries.

Use these films as tutorial session resources – there is one for each day of Discover! Creative Careers Week. Each film introduces a role in a particular sector which you can follow with a discussion using the questions below get you started:

  • What are the main skills involved in being a (insert job here)?
  • Who would like to do this role and who would not? Why?
  • What do you currently do in your school, home or social lives that will help develop these skills and prepare you for a similar role?  (This question helps students come up with examples of how they use skills and competencies which will be useful for interviews in the future)

For year 11s, 12s and 13s – Ask students to research the qualifications required to do this role, and which colleges or universities offer these courses. Explore job profiles and useful information about qualifications here

Plus, you can encourage learners to explore more careers in the creative industries, work place visits, school resources and other opportunities to get involved at the Discover! website.

The Films:

Click each job title to view the films. 

Community Arts Facilitator

In this film we meet a Community Arts Facilitator at The Brit School who explains what the job involves, what an average day looks like, the skills required, what inspired her to follow this career path and most importantly, a golden nugget of advice for anyone interested in pursuing a similar role in future.

You can also view the film here.

Filmmaker

In this film we meet Daniel, a Filmmaker who works for Chocolate Films. Daniel explains what his job involves, the various different work he does on a daily basis, the skills required and most importantly, a golden nugget of advice for anyone interested in pursuing a similar role in future.

You can also view the film here.

Producer Manager

In this film we meet a Producer Manager at ELAM who explains what the job involves, what an average day looks like and how varied the role can be, the top 3 skills required and a final piece of advice for anyone interested in pursuing a similar role in future.

You can also view the film here.

Radio Producer

In this film we meet a Radio Producer at Global Academy who explains what the job involves, what an average day looks like, the top 3 skills required and a golden nugget of advice for anyone interested in pursuing a similar role in future.

You can also view the film here.

Head of Games

In this film we meet Simon, Head of Games at Escape Studios.  Simon talks about some of the roles he's had in the games industry, the skills required to work in this sector, the importance of a portfolio for anyone wanting to work in this area. examples of games engines the sector uses and much more.

You can also view the film here.

To engage with us during the week:

  • Keep an eye out for activity happening around the country
  • Consider inviting local press to report on what you're doing
  • Share your stories with discovercreative.careers 
  • Follow us on Twitter at @CreativeCareer5 or using the hashtag #DiscoverCreativeCareers
  • Have questions? Get in touch

Discover! Creative Careers Week is part of the Creative Careers Programme, a programme of practical activities and resources that aims to diversify and increase the number of young people entering into the creative industries. It has been kick-started with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and has been shaped and supported directly by creative businesses, institutions, trade bodies and individuals across England. Together, we will ensure that careers in the creative economy are more accessible to a wider range of people and that we maximise the creative talent of the next generation.

The Creative Careers Programme is being delivered by Creative & Cultural Skills, ScreenSkills and the Creative Industries Federation in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company and Speakers4Schools.