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5 tips for getting media work experience

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Increase your chances of gaining media experience by building a digital portfolio, making a showreel, learning how to start a blog or branching out as a vlogger or podcast host

Many students and graduates will be wondering how to get a job in the media with no experience. The answer is it’s very difficult, unless you already have contacts.

To add to this, media internships and other work experience opportunities are typically snapped up by those who’ve showed initiative and are already working on digital projects in their free time.

Build a digital portfolio

There are many things to consider when putting together a creative portfolio, but if your heart’s set on a media career, you’ll need to demonstrate strong visual communication skills, ideally showcased through a digital platform – such as Behance or Weebly – that will store and share all of your best work.

It’s fairly straightforward to create your own website for an online portfolio, even if your web design skills are only at the basic level. You will be supported through the design process when you use website builders such as Squarespace and Wix.

In order to come across as professional to potential employers, you should consider choosing a website domain that features your real name in some form.

The content displayed on the site will be determined by your area of specialism. For instance, you may be looking to get into video gaming and so could have a go at coding your own game.

As well as using the digital portfolio to show the work you can do, this is also a good place to host your video CV.

Start a blog

If you’re a budding journalist, copywriter or editor, you may be interested in seeking out journalism internships with media organisations such as Sky or the BBC or considering relevant journalism courses. Whatever your long-term goal, blogging is an effective way to work on your tone of voice, writing style and editing.

A blog is simply a regularly-updated website which is usually written in an informal, chatty style and focused around an interesting topic. This can be anything from extreme sports and rock music to vegan recipes and fitness advice.

By writing your own posts, this not only allows your written voice to develop and mature, you’ll learn how to tighten up your writing to best engage your readers. When uploading your blogs according to a carefully planned out schedule, you’ll also be practising good timekeeping and organisation.

To monitor the performance of your blog, you could look into search engine optimisation (SEO) and use tools, such as Google Analytics, to discover what your audience is searching for and how to make sure your posts are being seen.

You don’t have to financially invest in blogging – free hosting sites such as WordPress allow you to create a blog within minutes. And neither do you have to be an expert in coding and website design, as these sites offer a range of free website themes. However, your blog is a great platform to show these skills should you have them.

There are plenty of benefits to becoming a regular blogger – by networking with likeminded creators, this can provide a gateway to potential job and work experience opportunities. Media employers are more likely to take on interns who’ve already put themselves out there in the digital domain.

 

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  • […] For example, if you’re interested in digital marketing, creating a website or developing your understanding of web analytics, shows that you’re taking your career seriously. For a career in the media, you could start a blog or launch your own podcast. […]

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