Introduce your students to careers in the creative industries during National Careers Week, 1–5 March 2020.
The Discover! Creative Careers Programme has been designed to help teachers, careers leaders, students, parents and guardians find out more about careers in industries including advertising, architecture, fashion, film and television, music, museums and galleries, performing arts and publishing - and the routes to them.
The Discover! Creative Careers website and careers finder hosts numerous resources and tools to enable this and will support you in meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks. Here are few suggestions of how you can build Discover! Creative Careers into your National Careers Week plans:
Use our lesson plans and teachers notes for two introductory lessons
Designed to open minds to creative job opportunities and help students to identify how their skills fit within them (supports Gatsby benchmarks two and three):
An introduction to the Creative Industries
Teachers notes for lesson one
The Creative Industries: Is there a career for you?
Teachers notes for lesson two
Student worksheet for lesson two
Use our film resources in assembly or tutor time
Introduce your students to the Creative Industries and encourage discussions around the different roles available (supports Gatsby benchmark four)
Watch: An introduction to the creative industries film
Task: How many different jobs can you spot? Can you link them to one or more of the 12 Creative Industries subsectors?
You can also download the film here.
Watch: Our series of Meet the creative professionals
Featuring five people from a variety of roles who explain what their job involves, what an average day might look like and some hints and tips for anyone wishing to pursue a similar career.
Task: Follow each film with a discussion about the skills involved, whether the students are interested in the job role and why and how their current home, school or social lives can help them develop the skills required.
Introduce your students to the Discover! Creative Careers finder
Give your students time to explore creative careers using our interactive finder: Discover! This is something you could do together in the classroom or encourage students to use in their own time.
By filtering searches according to individual interests, the website produces a personalised selection of potential roles. It then directs students to job descriptions and case studies on the websites of the expert partners in the initiative and to live opportunities for work experience or workplace visits where available.
Students can save their unique results page, personalised to their own interests and talents, as their own learning resource.
Explore the Speakers for Schools (S4S) Speaker Directory
The S4S Directory now features a large number of leaders from across the Creative Industries listed, thanks to the Creative Careers Programme (supports Gatsby Benchmark five).