Moving forward from a creative apprenticeship

 16 May 2017

As part of their Curious Futures work, Curious Minds put this animation together where industry professionals gave their advice about how young people can move forward from a creative apprenticeship and look for other opportunities in the creative and cultural sector.

It was the last week of my apprenticeship at my local arts organisation. I’ve been here for a year and I’ve had a great time and learnt loads of stuff, everyone’s been really nice and they even got me a cake and a card to say thank you for all my hard work.

I was just about to go back to work and my boss says to me, “Have you got any ideas about what you want to do next?”

The creative industries accounts for over 36,000 jobs in Lancashire so I know I can stay here if I want to

I know I should have thought about this sooner but I just kept putting it off and ignoring it. What do I do now? Where do I even start?

My boss must have realised that I was panicking so they said, “Look, don’t panic, maybe have a think about it over the next day or two and then we’ll have a chat about it before you finish.”

So when I got home that night, I started off by looking at what arts organisations are near me and seeing if they were advertising any jobs at the moment. Then I thought maybe I should ask them for advice.

Here’s some of what they said.

Sign up to good quality arts mailing lists

Making sure I did this was a good starting point. Their websites also explain different job roles and ways into employment and have training opportunities and networking events as well.

It’s also helped me get to know who the big names are and what they do.

Have a positive online presence

So I went through all my social media to check nothing embarrassing was on there and then made sure I was connected local arts organisations I’d been getting advice from.

I realised I also needed a new email address. Mine was from when I was 13 and a bit childish. So I made a more professional one with just my first and last name, so it looks good to employers.

Networking is key – get chatting

That one sounded a bit scary! I’m not good at talking to people I don’t know. But I’ve got a friend who also wants to work in the arts so we decided to go together. I’ve got used to it now. It’s just saying hello to people and talking about what we both do.

Have you thought about starting your own business?

School didn’t teach us about being self-employed. They always talked about getting a job in a company. I’d never thought about this before. It sounds like a good idea but I didn’t know where to start. Definitely something to think about in the future.

You don’t need to move

I used to think, ‘Don’t I have to move to London or somewhere else at some point if I want to get my dream job?’ But then I did a bit of research and saw that the creative industries accounts for over 36,000 jobs in Lancashire so I know I can stay here if I want to.

So now I know there’s support out there for someone like me and a whole range of possibilities. Can’t wait to get started!

This film was created and is owned by Curious Minds.

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