Can I break into the industry without volunteering?
The arts sector is very popular among graduates, and yet I often have the feeling these people have the hardest time breaking into the industry without appropriate connections. Especially if ,like me, people might have made their decision a little later and have not volunteered in the sector during their studies. (I am 26, as such I am not eligible for roles created for 18-24 olds, either).
I feel like there are more training opportunities for people without a degree, especially in theatre and heritage, as they can still become apprentices. For graduates it is still a long way through bar work or unpaid volunteering and work experience, which I for example cannot afford.
I was always hoping to find an internship or a trainee opportunity in the sector, as I want to become an arts marketing professional, but most assistant vacancies ask for experience within the arts specifically, which makes it all the more difficult.
Is the amount of unpaid experience and small amont of non-apprentice opportunities down to funding cuts in the sector?
If it isn't possible for me to volunteer, should I just keep hoping or are there other ways to get more involved?
I have the enthusiasm to prove myself, I just don't know how anymore and I don't want to blame my circumstances.