Case study

Communications assistant — Hannah Hiett

The variety of Hannah's job allows her to experience a lot in the arts sector and could lead to many different roles

How did you get your job?

After graduation I applied for a voluntary placement through Comic Relief for three months. Following this I applied for a position in press and marketing for a further three months. I then successfully applied for the Leonardo Da Vinci Programme which enabled an international placement in a theatre.

Throughout these placements I continued to work with friends on the Manchester Fringe Network, which eventually led to me securing a placement with The Lowry in their press team. Whilst working on the placement an internal position of communications assistant was advertised. I applied, was offered the job and have been there now for over a year.

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How relevant is your degree to your job?

My degree in art history and classics was highly relevant as it exposed me to the art world and provided me with useful knowledge for the arts sector.

What are your main work activities?

I cover a variety of tasks on any one day. They will generally include:

  • writing press releases about upcoming performances;
  • contacting regional media;
  • coordinating press tickets;
  • managing and organising press nights;
  • managing the making of promotional film;
  • looking after the Lowry blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts;
  • evaluating reports of press coverage on a monthly basis;
  • maintaining the accounts of the department;
  • looking after all the photography for the department and managing image galleries.

How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?

The role initially started as administrative and I have gradually taken on more responsibility, such as introducing a social media schedule. My creative input has also grown over time. In addition to the main job role I now look after big dance shows and promote any national newsworthy topics.

In terms of progression the role provides excellent experience as well as an insight into many differing functions. Ultimately it could lead to roles within press, marketing, creative programming or fundraising.

What do you enjoy about your job?

Being part of the artistic community in Manchester and Salford as well as getting to see lots of theatre, developing writing skills and being creative.

It's also a relaxed, positive and energetic environment to work in. Furthermore, everyone enjoys their job.

What are the most challenging parts of your job?

The administration parts of the job are challenging in terms of time management. There's also the challenge of balancing the fun parts with necessities.

Any advice for someone who wants to get into this job?

All areas in the UK have a youth programme or community education team. I would advise students to get in touch and find out what related opportunities there are locally - the more experience you get the more employable you will be.

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