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School of Social Sciences Communications and Media In 2008/9, six months after graduating, 74% of graduates with a first degree in Communications and Media were in employment and 3.7% were combining work and study. Graduates from this subject tend to fall broadly into two groups – those who wish to work in media professions and those who use their degree as a route into careers unrelated to the subject studied. For those who wish to enter media careers the first step is usually to achieve relevant experience and this is a notoriously difficult and highly competitive sector. Of those who entered employment the majority (51.0%) entered jobs classified as ‘associate professional and technical occupations’ which broadly reflects the nature of the experience required. As a result job titles of Communications and Media graduates for 2008/9 included: Account Executive Media Technician Journalism Intern Graduate Trainee (Harrods) Media Sales Executive Freelance Editor In 2008/9 Communications and Media graduates entered further study courses such as: MA Filmmaking Communications and Media degrees develop many of the transferable skills which all graduate employers require and with around 60% of graduate positions open to graduates from all disciplines. Relevant experience is almost always required for jobs in the media professions and for those students graduating without it a first step is often to work voluntarily in community settings. This is often combined with a part-time paid job. Job search strategy is often about getting a ‘foot in the door’ in order to compete for graduate positions later. It is also worth noting that a growing national trend is for many students to delay their job applications until completing their studies, preferring to focus on achieving the highest grade possible. This can result in some graduates initially continuing with their part-time job while they explore their options after graduating. As a result some Communications and Media graduates were working in non-graduate level positions including sales, customer service and administrative occupations. Finally, it is important to note that the DLHE survey provides a snap shot of a very short amount of time (six months) after graduating and while many have progressed into relevant graduate jobs others are taking time out, travelling, waiting to start a course or continuing with their part-time job while they explore their options after graduating. Many graduates have moved on in their careers since completing the questionnaire.
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