Taking place during National Careers Week 2021, Discover! Creative Careers Week is an online programme, from 1-5 March, aimed at introducing students to different careers and workplaces across the creative industries. It will include films, virtual tours, Q&A panels and a suite of online resources that feature companies across England ranging from world-leading shoemaking, gaming and television businesses, to our transformational heritage sites, theatres and craft companies.
- To see what schools will be doing, visit our video programme.
Discover! Creative Careers 2021 follows a hugely successful live event that took place in November 2019, in which hundreds of organisations opened their doors to thousands of students. Whilst we can’t do that this year, we know that there are many employers and individuals out there who want to join our mission to inspire and inform young people from all backgrounds about careers within the creative industries. There are several ways you can get involved.
Volunteer to be part of an online panel of experts
We’ll be gathering a panel of leading industry professionals from across the creative industries to answer questions from students about their industry, their specific role within it and how they discovered their own careers. These live Q&As will focus on the following sector themes:
- Museums, galleries, visual arts and heritage
- Screen (Film/TV)
- Performing Arts, Literature and Publishing
- Gaming, extended reality (XR) and animation
- Craft, fashion and textiles
Please contact us to put your name forward at firstname.lastname@example.org
Create your own Discover! Creative Careers online insight event or digital resource and connect to local schools/colleges
This could be anything from a filmed tour of the building, a live-streamed talk or panel discussion, interviews with employees, online workshops and plenty more – it’s up to you!
Remember, you don’t need fancy cameras or software to do this – a decent phone camera will suffice, and you can use existing platforms such as Zoom to live stream. Don’t forget to film in landscape mode to capture the best film for use in the classroom.
Make sure you consider the following when you create these resources:
- Explain the function of the organisation and the wider creative industry sub-sector it sits within
- When discussing specific job roles, explain or demonstrate the function of the role and how it relates to the overall business
- Be clear about the skills and strengths required to fulfil the various roles
- Discuss the various pathways into working in the industry or point them towards further sources of information
- Feel free to include personal stories about how people found their way into their careers and what they enjoy about their jobs
- Avoid using industry jargon
We recommend you secure at least one local school to engage with your online event or resource – this could then be followed up with a visit later in the year if possible. There are a number of organisations who can help connect you to schools/colleges:
The Careers and Enterprise Company’s (CEC) network of Enterprise Coordinators
Enterprise Coordinators are careers professionals who help schools and colleges improve their careers and enterprise activities and engage them with the world of work.
- Use a postcode finder to find your local Enterprise Coordinator
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
The network of 38 LEPs provide a partnership between local authorities and local businesses. The CEC‘s network of Enterprise Coordinators work within the LEPs, with some LEPs being responsible for local Career Hub areas.
- Use their network map to find your local LEP
Co-funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Education, the network of 10 Bridge organisations connects the cultural and education sectors.
- Find the details of your local Bridge organisation
Make some noise! Join our online campaign
As part of Discover! Creative Careers Week 2021 we’ll be running an online campaign celebrating the lesser-known jobs and busting some myths about careers in the creative industries. Further details will be announced in January via Twitter so make sure you’re following us there (@CreativeCareer5 and #DiscoverCreativeCareers).
Offer virtual work experience
Even when places of work are closed, it's still possible to offer work experience. Speakers for Schools can support with this. Find out more at Offer virtual work experience.
Promote your existing digital resources and remote events
If you have online activities, resources, competitions, courses or remote events for young people, you can promote them in Explore opportunities. It's free to use for organisations running activities aimed at inspiring young people aged 14-24 about careers in the creative industries. Find out more at Promote your opportunity.
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