Success in the 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:
- Media planner
- Multimedia specialist
- Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video
- Public relations officer
- Runner, broadcasting/film/video
- Television/film/video producer
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Advertising account executive
- Broadcast journalist
- Editorial assistant
- Event organiser
- Information officer
- Magazine journalist
- Market researcher
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
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. Look out for summer placements, part-time and voluntary opportunities while on your course during the summer holidays or evenings and weekends. It may also be useful to get involved with your university radio station, paper or publications office.
Some courses offer the opportunity to undertake a work placement with a media or related company. This provides an excellent opportunity to develop practical and professional skills and to make industry contacts.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Media studies graduates typically enter careers in the media, cultural and creative industries. Areas of work include television and radio, film and video, digital media, computer games, journalism, writing and publishing, PR and media practice.
A range of employers employ media studies graduates, including:
- communications agencies;
- the Civil Service;
- further and higher education institutions, such as colleges and universities;
- local government;
- marketing organisations;
- media companies;
- the newspaper industry;
- PR consultancies;
- publishing companies;
- TV and radio companies.
Skills for your CV
Media studies degrees include a mix of theory and practice, covering a broad range of subjects that give you skills in:
- critical analysis;
- a broad commercial and cultural awareness of the media and creative industries;
- initiation and development of creative work in writing, audiovisual or other electronic media;
- a flexible, creative and independent approach to tasks;
- the ability to work to a brief and meet deadlines.
Courses focus on the communication of information across different mediums. The ability to communicate information clearly and effectively is an essential skill all employers look for.
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 can enhance your skills and offer more networking opportunities.
What do media studies graduates do?
The top jobs held by media studies graduates employed in the UK six months after graduation are arts officer, producer and director, marketing associate professional and photographer, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operator.
|Working and studying||2.6|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Arts, design and media||23.7|
|Retail, catering and bar work||20.2|
|Marketing, PR and sales||18.3|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||8.3|
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.