For young creative professionals, London is a dream destination. An internship is a “way in” to many creative industries, and Erasmus+ allows European students to travel abroad to give their dreams a shot. Here's a list of advice for students who wish to obtain a placement within the media industry.
1. Allow lots of time to prepare your CV and portfolio
Your grammar and spelling will have to be impeccable. Use spellcheckers, ask friends and teachers to proofread and reread/rewrite it many times. Do not send it until you are a hundred percent satisfied. If you are applying for a place within a creative and visual industry, it will be expected that you format your CV with style. This does not mean bold and crazy – just consistent and stylish.
2. Software and specialist skills
Do you know a specific software or technology? Put this in – in detail. Treat it like you would a language so for example: Premiere Pro – Intermediate / Photoshop – Beginner / GoPro Camera – Professional level.
3. Your portfolio
Include a portfolio if relevant. There is nothing better than being able to prove your skills by showing the results. Pictures, websites and videos are all great - especially if hosted online.
4. Who are you?
Introduce yourself with a short paragraph at the top of your CV about what inspires you and what your goals are. Be professional, personable and honest. Remember to be humble – you will be starting at the bottom – show that you are willing to learn.
It's understandable if a young person hasn’t had a lot of experience. But try to think about what you have achieved so far that you can be proud of? Have you taken part or even created any projects that have been shown anywhere outside your school? Have you achieved the best grades in your year? Did you win a competition or perhaps you work for a charity in your free time? Discuss with your teacher what parts of your experience can be highlighted here.
6. What do you imagine you will be doing at your work placement?
Even if you dream about becoming a film director, you are not going to be directing actors during your work placement. If you are lucky, you will be making coffee for the actors, observing the daily routines of a media organisation. Assisting is a popular and fast-paced job, which requires experience. So perhaps there are other skills in your repertoire, which can be useful here. Don’t forget about the little things, like service-mindedness or admin skills. The summer job you did in your family business might actually prove to be a valuable experience – if you highlight the relevant skills!
7. Keep it professional
Never mention your weaknesses, unless you can spin it in a positive way. For example, don’t write that you are stubborn, write that you are tenacious. If you are not entirely sure what a word means, don’t use it on your CV. Many students think that if they make a self-deprecating joke, their potential employers will love it. Britain is still highly conservative, even if your joke is hilarious, it will be considered inappropriate and a potential employer might worry that you aren’t sufficiently serious, mature or professional. Don’t use more than one sentence in describing your personality and/or free time (unless your free time includes highly impressive activities relevant to the role). It can come across a bit arrogant if you expect potential employers to read a mini-essay on your various family members, hobbies or similar.
British Employers are looking forward to hosting you here in London – but for them to understand how brilliant you are, you need to express yourself in a way which they can understand.
ADC College organises Internship and Teacher Development Programmes in London, eligible for funding from Erasmus+. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.