Although this area of work is open to all graduates and diplomates, the following degree and HND subjects may increase your chances:
Entry without a degree or HND is common as most floor managers have worked their way up to this position from a more junior or related role.
Pre-entry experience is essential. Floor managers may have previous theatre experience but are more likely to have worked in television and gained experience either as a runner or assistant floor manager, or in a technical sound or lighting role. In order to realistically compete for jobs, several years of broadcasting experience is necessary.
Candidates will need to show evidence of the following:
A driving licence is useful. Foreign language skills are also helpful if you intend to work abroad.
Direct entry is not possible and you should be prepared to take different posts within television to gain knowledge of the industry as a whole. The following activities can help you gain a foot in the door and secure your first paid job:
Training opportunities within television companies are linked to operational needs and whilst companies, including the BBC, may aim for annual recruitment, this is not guaranteed. The BBC runs a number of training schemes, including the Production Trainee Scheme (see BBC Careers ). Posts are also advertised in the BBC staff magazine Ariel , available via subscription, although many are filled by qualified staff internally.
Some independent television companies have graduate opportunities, which operate on an individual company basis. These are likely to be advertised on their websites, in the local press or in The Guardian and Broadcast magazine.
The development of satellite and cable television has created more opportunities throughout the industry as a whole, but current trends in programming mean there is less demand for floor managers. When opportunities arise, appointments are made for each production on a freelance basis. Freelance floor managers may spend periods of time out of work.
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