Entertainment Technology is a very broad employment sector which continues to grow as a viable option for creative individuals with technical prowess. Innumerable job descriptions fall beneath the blanket of entertainment technology which includes a increasing number of highly technical career paths, from computer simulation to interactive environments, all of which is needed as much in the entertainment industry as in any other modern business
Where do I start?
Within the entertainment technology sector you could be looking at a wide range of occupations Prospects.ac.uk has a useful list of job profiles each containing relevant information about key responsibilities, skill requirements, starting salaries, entry requirements, career prospects with links to major employers and current graduate vacancies.
Jobs roles in this sector include:
- Applications developer
- Broadcast engineer
- Broadcast journalist
- Broadcast presenter
- Digital marketer
- Film/video editor
- Games developer
- Media planner
- Multimedia programmer
- Multimedia specialist
- Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video
- Radio broadcast assistant
- Radio producer
- Runner, broadcasting/film/video
- Sound technician, broadcasting/film/video
- Television/film/video producer
- Television floor manager
- Television production coordinator
- Web designer
As part of your job-hunting strategy you will need to keep up to date on developments in this sector and keep track of any vacancies that are coming up. Below are some key resources to help you research opportunities available. The knowledge gained through your research may help you to target your applications and will help when preparing for interviews.
- Prospects- Job Sectors section provides a career guide to jobs in a range of industries; with articles, news and features, as well as practical information on finding a job in your chosen area.
- Creative skillset - the industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses working in the creative industries including computer games, animation and interactive media.
- Creative Choices- An online service which provides tools, knowledge and networks to help individuals and businesses get in, and get on, in the creative industries and cultural sector. This includes profiles for ‘A Career in…’, ‘Getting Started in…’ and jobs in the…
- Creative Technology Network - brings together individuals and organisations from across computing, communications and the creative industries, with a focus on cross-sector networking and collaboration.
- BBC - The latest technology news from the BBC.
- Games Industry - find news, features, events and jobs in the games industry.
- Entertainment Technology - contains the latest news from within the entertainment technology industry, special features, reports and jobs.
- Music Tank - Information on the entire music industry including news and sector-specific information.
Competition for jobs in this sector is fierce and work experience could be the deciding factor to securing a graduate job. Undertaking work experience is invaluable in developing expertise and the all-important transferrable skills, which will help you demonstrate your motivation and commitment to this area of work.
However finding experience will take time and effort; employers receive many CV’s every week so you will have to work hard to stand out from the crowd. You can find out more about how to create a targeted CV through the Purple Door website. In addition to this the University of Portsmouth Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, in conjunction with Purple Door, have developed a Creative Careers guide, an online resource with CV and application information focused on the creative industries.
The key to success is to prepare thoroughly, do your research and organise your experience in good time. Think about small and medium size companies as well as large organisations such as the BBC which welcomes over 1,000 people annually on two week work experience. Use industry specific directories to help identify relevant organisations to approach for speculative requests.
It is also worth considering the voluntary sector for work experience. Purple Door offers current students and graduates access to a Virtual Volunteering Bank which provides local opportunities to undertake alongside your studies. Similarly you can access these opportunities through the paper-based bank located in the Purple Door careers centre.
If you wish to instigate voluntary work experience during the vacation periods please refer to ‘External sites’ on the voluntary work experience section on our website.
Tips to build experience:
- Explore the various areas within the entertainment technology sector before you apply for work experience; knowing what you want to specialise in will help you focus your research and ensure you gain the relevant skills.
- Get involved in relevant University or external groups this is a good way of demonstrating your motivation and interest in this area of work.
- Speak to your tutor or other members of Faculty staff researching in the areas that interest you, as students are sometimes recruited to work on research projects over the summer.
- Be proactive and make direct contact with organisations that interest you and apply speculatively; send a targeted CV and a covering letter focused on why you are interested in them and why they should be interested in you.
- Create a LinkedIn profile to network with sector employers - see our Networking and Social Media section for further guidance.
Finding a job
There are many different areas within entertainment technology sector and work can be varied. You could get involved in fields such as sound and recording, set building and design, scenery fabrication or lighting and show control so some thought as to which area(s) you are particularly interested in will help you to target your job search.
The range of employers who recruit in these areas includes:
- Independent film, television and/or radio production companies
- Theatre production companies
- Media organisations
- Magazine publishing companies
- Web design studios
- Charitable and voluntary organisations
- Leisure industry
- Cultural organisations
- Music industry producers and studios
- Post-production services
Below is a list of useful websites to help you start your job search
- Creativepool - professional network connecting individuals and companies. The site is a platform to showcase and share work, follow and connect with agencies, brands, freelancers and suppliers.
- Eye the Prize- online platform providing access to funding, competitions, jobs and other opportunities across the creative industries.
- The Drum– resource for finding creative jobs across the UK.
- Jobs in Broadcasting - include broadcast production jobs , producer jobs, editing jobs, journalism jobs, studio jobs, sales jobs and operations management jobs just to name a few.
- The British Interactive Media Association - jobs site advertising positions including web developers, digital project managers, creative digital designers and more.
- Grapevine jobs - media jobs in TV, film, home entertainment, music, post production and new media
- Simple Marketing – browse jobs by location and sector to find digital marketing jobs
- Production Base - digital publication and network for freelancers working in TV, film, theatre, radio and commercial production. Users gain access to hundreds of unique job opportunities on a weekly basis, and can showcase their profile and showreel to all the leading production companies and broadcasters.
- Wired Sussex- find the latest digital media vacancies across Sussex. Also includes news, projects events and training.
- My Purple Door - here you will be able to find graduate jobs across different sectors and locations.
Tips for finding a job
- Keep up to date with entertainment technology news and trends by following the professional bodies on twitter, this information might help you identify opportunities to network and tap into the hidden job market.
- Keep your on line job search flexible as some employers might use different titles to describe the same job role.
- If you are keen to focus on a specific sector within environment check out the specialist websites for these areas for current vacancies
- Most companies have a Twitter and/or Facebook account, register with them as this is often a place where new opportunities are posted and where you can keep in touch with their current activities.
Follow on Twitter or Facebook to receive news and information about current projects for this specific industry sector, and to tap into the hidden jobs market.
Need more help and information?
How can Purple Door help you?
Purple Door offers support to students throughout their studies and provision for graduates up to five years after graduation, with advice and guidance on:
- Career options
- Further study
- CV and Covering Letters
- Application forms
- Job search
- And more......
Please visit services for you for more details about our support and services.
Purple Door has an online Jobsboard advertising a variety of graduate jobs across different sectors and locations. We also have a dedicated in-house Recruitment Consultancy team that delivers a personalised matching job service.
Remember if you are not on campus you can still access our services via telephone or skype booked appointments; please contact us to discuss your needs.
If you need more information why not check out some of the resources below to help you to research a sector in more depth.
Working as a Freelance
Freelancers use a variety of means to generate work, some rely on self-promotion and a good contact network, while others use a specialist agent.
- Nest - provides advice and support to students and graduates at the University of Portsmouth to develop their enterprise skills and set up their own business.
- Artquest - shares the resources, networks and opportunities you need to develop your visual arts practice including a range of ‘How to’ guides.
- Crunch - a resource with up to date information and features about working freelance.
- Production Base - digital publication and network for freelancers working in TV, film, theatre, radio and commercial production. Users gain access to hundreds of unique job opportunities on a weekly basis, and can showcase their profile and showreel to all the leading production companies and broadcasters
- Freelance UK - provides information for freelancers includes a forum, news and events sections.