Fiona Green, Arts Administration Apprentice

 28 January 2019

Fiona found her Arts Administration apprenticeship through Creative Choices, and just a few months later she agreed to speak to us about how things are going!

"I’ve been so inspired already by this job"

Hometown

I’m from Luton; I was born and have lived here my whole life.

I currently work directly under Luton Borough Council’s Cultural Enabler as an Arts Administration Apprentice, studying once a week at the Luton Adult Learning Centre for a Level 2 Business Diploma.

What job do you do?

This apprenticeship touches upon so many areas within the industry that I’m interested in learning.

So far, working as an apprentice Arts Administration Officer has included a wide range of different and interesting tasks. I originally found this opportunity through the Creative Choices website. I was sent the link to the application page by a local youth arts creator who knew I was looking for something to do in the arts industry during my gap year.

I didn’t realise what an amazing opportunity this was at the time of applying. This apprenticeship touches upon so many areas within the industry that I’m interested in learning.

What qualifications do you have?

The qualifications I hold are from GCSE and A-Level, achieving 9 A*-C GCSE grades (my personal favourite subject being fine arts and film studies). And at A-Level achieving B’s across the board in English Literature, Film Studies, Drama and Theatre Studies and Creative Writing.

How did you become an Arts Administration Apprentice?

My career history is pretty empty having just left college early/mid 2018. I went straight into a part-time job at my local restaurant as I needed an income until I found an opportunity suited to my interests and skills.

I didn’t want to limit my learning to one specific subject.

When this opportunity came up I thought it’d be really suited for me as I’d been told by career counsellors that apprenticeships are really good for those who are in the middle of large life choices. Choosing and moving to a university would’ve been such a difficult decision for me as I didn’t want to limit my learning to one specific subject.

Which is why I’m so grateful that the Creative Choices website was able to make this opportunity visible to me.

What do you do for your job?

Aside from contextual studies and reading about the council itself and the different arts and culture groups working across Luton, I’ve mainly been completing a lot of administration work for upcoming events and projects our team are developing.This involves ongoing emails about progressing projects, booking and organising meetings, creating mailing lists and reading documents to further my knowledge on the projects our team are working on.

Specifically, working directly on the Pilot Year of Culture for Luton 2019 project has exposed me to how arts and culture events are organised in depth.

I love learning about how everything in the arts is interconnected

I’ve already learnt about the crazy amount of work being put into the arts behind the scenes of the actual shows/exhibitions/festivals. For me personally, I love learning about how everything in the arts is interconnected and how everyone working within it is all aiming for the same general goal.

It’s fascinating how much work is put into any piece of art, whether it be spoken word, theatre or art exhibitions. The amount of care and time put into any project is really inspiring for me.

What is the best thing about your job?

Personally, I think the best thing about this apprenticeship is the exposure and knowledge I’ll gain from working over the next year. It’s amazing how many people I’ve met already working in the arts and creating constantly for the sake of benefitting our town.

I’ve been so inspired already by this job, although the tasks may sound small and tedious, for me learning about the industry and how it all works is the most exciting/important thing.

And the worst thing?

Honestly, I genuinely don’t see a down side. If I had to name something it might be the fact that I have to take the bus daily as my place of work is slightly out of walking distance, but that really isn’t such a problem. I have no complaints so far!

How can others become an Arts Administration Apprentice?

I’m painfully aware how invisible some opportunities are and how quickly they go. It’s hard work to constantly be checking a company’s website too see if they’ve posted anything about job opportunities or apprenticeships like the one I’m in.

The Creative Choices website made it a lot easier for me to find something I’m interested in

However the Creative Choices website made it a lot easier for me to find something I’m interested in as they compile and give visibility to opportunities it might be harder to find elsewhere. I think the best way to find and apply to opportunities like mine is to keep asking, keep looking and keep telling people what you’re looking for/interested in. You never know what you can find through word-of-mouth.


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