Success in the highly competitive media industry often depends on your determination and motivation, but skills from a media degree can be used in many jobs...
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. To find out what jobs would suit you, log in to My Prospects.
Experience is critical in this field due to its popularity. For the same reason, persistence and motivation are vital.
To gain work experience and build up a portfolio of work, contact radio, television, newspaper, PR or advertising agencies and ask about opportunities. It may be useful to volunteer in order to get your foot in the door. Part-time and voluntary opportunities may be pursued while on your course during the summer holidays or evenings/weekends. It may also be useful to get involved with your university radio station, paper or publications office.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Various employers from different sectors employ media studies graduates and include:
Media studies degrees cover a broad range of subjects, from the highly practical to the theoretical, and give you skills in:
All courses focus on the communication of information across different mediums. The ability to communicate information clearly and effectively is beneficial to every organisation.
You may choose further study because it's essential for your career path or highly desirable for entry into your chosen career. Alternatively, you may want to gain more skills and improve your chance of breaking into a career area, such as public relations or multimedia.
Postgraduate courses in areas such as journalism and teaching are popular with media studies graduates. When deciding what to study, consider your career plan, academic interests and the degree you have taken. However, successful completion does not guarantee entry into any particular area of work but will enhance your skills and offer more networking opportunities.
Statistics for media graduates show that this degree can be used to enter a broad range of occupational areas in various sectors. More than two-thirds are in full or part-time employment six months after graduating.
The skills obtained by graduates in media studies are particularly well suited to work with TV production studios, radio, newspapers, PR firms and advertising agencies and there's a big emphasis on practical experience, which is perhaps why only 6% of graduates go on to further study.
|Working and studying||3.9%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||28.6%|
|Arts, design, culture and sports||17.8%|
|Marketing, sales and advertising||10.3%|
|Clerical and secretarial||8.8%|
For a detailed breakdown of what media studies graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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