National Graduate Week

Digital and Media

With millions of people around the globe being forced to stay at home – fast, digital entertainment was called on in a way that had never been seen before. Whilst the traditional outlets still exist; e.g. BBC, Apple, Sky and Virgin Media etc, a huge appetite for digital subscription services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ has surfaced whilst the nations tried to entertain themselves and their families.

Careers in this industry are highly competitive. Whether it’s television (production, research or presenting), radio, music, film, journalism or publishing that you’re interested in, you’ll need to have lots of work experience on your CV as well as talent to get ahead in the sector. This can range from experience at a broadcasting organisation (such as a runner), or by showing examples of your own passion projects, such as your own productions, YouTube channels etc. A real passion and zest for the industry is needed, as success is rarely achieved overnight; it takes time and dedication to really break through.

It’s common to work as a freelancer and also on short contracts, and there’s plenty of opportunity to work at home and away (for example filming on location or covering a story as a journalist).

Graduate entry roles are often at assistant level and include jobs such as media researcher, radio broadcast assistant and editorial assistant. However, as with most other sectors, you can work for larger media and internet companies in other business areas – for example, finance, information technology, marketing and people and culture.