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Careers Advisory Service

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What is the Careers Advisory Service?

What do Film Studies graduates do?

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The Careers Advisory Service

  • Location

  • Staff

  • Opening times etc

  • Services & facilities

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Specific CAS facilities

  • computer-aided guidance

  • quick queries

  • careers interviews

  • job vacancy database

  • careers library

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Careers Library

  • Reception

  • Options sheets

  • Reference information

  • Postgraduate prospectuses

  • DVDs, CDs, online PCs, free careers literature etc …..

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CAS Resources

Reference Books on Film & Related

  • BFI Film & Television Handbook

  • Careers & Jobs in the Media (Times)

  • Contacts

  • Getting into Films and Television

  • Media Directory (Guardian)

  • PACT Directory


    Careers Reference Files

  • Film & Video (Y6)

  • Film/Visual/Sound Media Courses (Y4/6)

  • Television & Radio (Y4)

  • Arts Administration (Y9)

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And also:

  • Newspapers

  • Careers booklets

  • Talks & presentations

  • Alumni careers network

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How to use the CAS

Begin by doing some research

Perhaps into yourself (ideas, interests, preferences)

Then into your opportunities (use Directories, vacancy database)

Use IT: CAS website, Carousel & Prospects Planner

Attend talks/workshops/presentations etc

Quick Query at CAS

1:1 careers interview

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  • Media Careers: Presentation by Pathfinders – 29 Jan 12.30-2pm KLT5

  • RAF visit campus – 2 Feb from 10.30am @CAS

  • Applying for Teacher Training – 3 Feb 1-2pm KLT5

  • Presentation by Deloitte – 4 Feb 1pm KLT5

  • Presentation by EF Language Travel – 5 Feb 12.15-2pm KLT5

  • Presentation by PwC: Commercial Awareness – 10 Feb 1pm KLT5

  • Tour of the CAS – 10 Feb 2pm @CAS

  • Postgraduate Study in Science & IT – 11 Feb 1pm KLT5

  • Presentation by Matchitech: Careers in Science & IT – 12 Feb 12.15-2pm KLT5

  • Presentation by Camp Counsellors USA – 17 Feb 1-3pm ELT2

  • Postgraduate Study in Humanities & Social Sciences – 18 Feb 2pm KLT5

  • Choosing a Career – 19 Feb 1-2pm KLT5

  • Postgraduate study in Australia – 24 Feb 1-2 KLT5

  • Army visit campus – 25 Feb @CAS

  • Careers in Politics – 25 Feb 2pm GLT2

  • Interview Skills – 26 Feb 1-2pm KLT5

  • Using Languages & Working in Europe – 3 March 1-2pm KLT5

  • CV Workshop – 4 March 2-4pm KSR16

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What do Film Studies graduates do?

  • What do they do?

  • Jobs where the degree is useful

  • Transferable Skills

  • Examples from University of Kent

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In broad terms

  • Employment

  • Further study

  • Not available

  • Seeking employment

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Options available

Management Consultancy

NHS Management



Production Management

Public Relations





Social Work






Armed Forces

Arts admin


Central & Local Gov’t



Fire Service


Info Management/Museums




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Graduate Salaries 2008/09

  • Arcadia £17,500 - £23,000 + 25% store discount

  • AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment) from £21,000 + final salary pension

  • Police (HPD) £21,500 rising to £24,000 after initial training

  • EDF Energy £22,500 - £32,000 dependant on discipline

  • Asda £23,000 minimum

  • Sainsbury’s £23,000 - £25,000

  • MI5 £23,500 + benefits - varies by function!

  • Marks & Spencer £24,000 - £25,500

  • Unilever £26,000

  • Fujitsu £26,000 + £2,000 joining bonus

  • Lloyd’s £26,000 - £30,000

  • Civil Service up to £27,000

  • Royal Navy £28,216 + £12,000 joining bonus

  • Mars £29,000 +

  • ExxonMobil £31,500 minimum + acceptance bursary + extras

  • Aldi £40,000 - £57,750 (after 3yrs) + Audi A4

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  • Arts Organisations

  • Broadcasting organisations

  • Civil Service Departments/Agencies

  • Facilities Houses

  • Financial companies

  • Local Authority Museums

  • Media Production Companies

  • National Museums

  • Picture Libraries

  • Press Agencies

  • Retailers

  • Schools, Colleges, Universities

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  • Advertising Copywriter

  • Archivist

  • Arts Administrator

  • Cinema Manager

  • Editorial Assistant

  • Film/Video Producer

  • Information Assistant

  • Journalist

  • Librarian, Special/Academic

  • Media Planner

  • Picture Researcher

  • Presenter TV/Radio

  • Programme Researcher

  • Teacher

  • Television Production Assistant

  • University Lecturer/Researcher

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Ref: 4900309 Region: London Job Category: Programme Making Closing date for applications is 7 February 2009

Job Description

This position is to form part of a talent pool within BBC Vision. For all the information about the Pool, please visit the specific microsite,

To provide effective support as a Runner either in an Office or Production capacity.

General Duties

1. To support the production team in the office and on location.

2. To undertake general office duties including collecting tapes and kit, logging material, photocopying, responding to correspondence, answering telephones, faxing and filing.

3. To make (and collect) local building deliveries (urgent mail/packages etc).

4. Providing hospitality for visitors / production team (tea/coffee making).

5. Act as a first point of contact for a range of both internal and external callers and visitors ensuring that these are given a positive image of the BBC and the department.

6. To share responsibility with others for ensuring that BBC Health & Safety policies are observed.

7. To deliver tapes to edit suites.

8. To provide admin support to the production team and to provide logistical assistance on location, in the studio or during post-production as required. Duties will vary depending on the nature of the output and will include: helping the Researchers on research projects; contributing to the development of ideas; and contributing fully at team and programme meetings.

9. To contribute to the safe, smooth and efficient running of the production office, referring any actual or potential problems to the Production Management Assistant, Production Co-ordinator, Production Manager, Production Executive or other production team members as appropriate.

Key Selection Criteria

1. Ability to use proficiently, a range of software packages including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

2. Interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to establish and maintain effective working relations with a wide range of internal and external contacts including crew and artists. Ability to express oneself concisely both orally and in writing.

3. Excellent telephone skills and the ability to manage editorial, management and other contacts with tact and sensitivity.

4. The ability and/or experience of gathering and presenting information.

5. Experience of independently drafting a range of documents including e-mails and letters.

6. Effective time management and organisational skills and the initiative to work both independently and as part of a team.

7. Ability to prioritise a conflicting workload efficiently and to maintain standards of accuracy and attention to detail when working to deadlines or changing priorities.

8. A flexible approach to changing priorities and requirements.

9. A demonstrable aptitude for detail and accuracy in all areas.

10. Resilience and stamina to sustain performance when under pressure from a high volume of work and conflicting priorities.

11. Ability to use own initiative with confidence, using judgement to refer up where necessary.

12. A knowledge, or ability to acquire it, of BBC Structures, Procedures and Policies.

13. An informed interest in TV production and programmes and in particular, Factual Programmes.

For more information about this role and to apply, please go to;

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  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Analytical & Problem Solving

  • Communication

  • Literacy

  • Research

  • Technical Skills (?)

  • Visual & Critical Awareness

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Employment examples


Advertising Executive - IPC Media

Archive Researcher - Stills library

Assistant Producer – Sit Up TV

Commercials Assistant - ITV

Despatch Assistant – Telecine

Edit Assistant – Venue Production

Freelance Film Journalist

Journalist - Toplum Postasi

Junior Account Executive - PR Co

Junior Technician - Guerilla Productions (TV)

Photo shoot assistant - Imp Ltd

Production Assistant (x3) - Chapters Digital TV Ltd, Persistent Vision, Lipsync Post (TV)

Researcher - Spool Films

Runner (x9) - UFO Pictures, Celador, Panavision, Paw Films, Banana Split, Framestore, The Foundation, Editworks, Sky Sports News

Sales Manager - Channel One

Visual artist - self-employed

VT Operator trainee - Telecine


Bookseller - Dillons

Customer Services - Blockbuster Video

Management Trainee - Harrods

Sales assistant - Virgin Megastore Canada

Sales/specialist retail - Star Trek fan shop

Stockroom Manager - Next plc

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Employment examples


Administrative assistant (x4) - National art collection fund, TV Licensing Authority, Canterbury Christ Church University, Thanet College

Arts Administrator - Helsinki Film Festival

Clerical (x3) - South Tees Health Authority, Publishing Company, Sun Alliance

Compliance Administrator - ITV plc

Export Sales Assistant - Blackwell Science Ltd

Finance Administration - Guild Film Distribution

Office Administrator - East Surrey Ambulance HQ

PA - Mell Wade Films Ltd

Receptionist - Film London

Receptionist (Media Dept) - Colchester Football Club

Secretarial (x2) - Ogilvy & Mather, Sight & Sound

Secretary - BBC


Assistant Language Teacher (Japan) - JET Scheme

EFL Teacher (x2) -China, Japan

English Teacher - Beijing University, China

Teacher (GTP) - Kent County Council

Learning Support Asst (x2) - St. Thomas’ Primary School, Cantebourne Primary

Lecturer - University of North London

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Employment examples


Account Executive - Expedite group

Arts Worker – Round Midnight Ltd

Assistant fundholding manager – Doctors’ surgery

Box Office Asst (x2) - Sundance Film Festival, V&A Museum

Business Manager - Barclays

Campaign Co-ordinator – Unison Media

Cataloguer – East Anglian Film Archive

Chartered Accountant - Stoy Hayward

Credit Control - Pedigree Masterfoods

Foreign Exchange Executive - Citibank

Kibbutz - Israel

Librarian (x2) - The London library, East Anglian Daily Times

Postal Worker – Royal Mail

Product Database Matcher - Yahoo

Production Worker - KP Foods

Sabbatical Officer - Kent Union

Venue Supervisor -Canterbury City Council

Waiter - Café Des Amis

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Administrator – International Charity

Advertising Copywriter – Ad Agency

Arts Administrator – Arts Organisation

Author – Children’s Books

Careers Adviser – University

Cartographer – Geological Society

Detective – Special Branch

Disability Officer – Equal Opportunities Commission

Film Promo Director – Television Co

Head Of English – Secondary School

Journalist – Magazine

Lecturer/Researcher – University

Logistics Manager – International Retailer

Manager – Chinese Restaurant

Manager – Press Cuttings Agency

Partner – Accountancy Firm

Partner – Law Firm

Presentation Director – Satellite TV Co

Promotions Manager – Music Venue

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Further study examples

Acting Course - Drama Centre London

Diploma in Music - Academy of Contemporary Music

Diploma in Film Production - University of Wales, Cardiff

Journalistic Writing Course - The Writing School

Legal Practice Course - College of Law, Guildford

MA Acting - Central School of Speech & Drama, London

MA Cultural & Creative Industries - King's College London

MA English & American Literature – University of Kent

MA Film Studies - University of Kent (xMany!)

MA Film & Television Studies - Warwick University

MA Film Production - Royal Holloway

MA Film & TV Production - Bristol University

MA Media Production - Canterbury Christ Church University

MA Novel Writing - University of Manchester

MA Philosophy (x2) - Reading University, University of Kent

MA Script Writing – UWE

PGCE Citizenship – Canterbury Christ Church University

PGCE (Further Education) - University of Greenwich

PGCE Primary (x2) - University of Greenwich, Oxford Brookes University

Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism (x3) - University of Central Lancashire, Cardiff University, London School of Journalism

Postgraduate Diploma in Publishing - Oxford Brookes University

Script Development Course - Northern School of Film & Television

TEFL Course – South East Essex College

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CAS Resources

  • Alumni Careers Network

  • Careers library/information room

  • Creative Career Search booklet

  • Employer Files

  • Occupational Files

  • Occupational Profiles

  • Prospects Postgraduate Directory

  • Prospect Planner - generates job ideas

  • Prospectuses

  • Options leaflet

  • CAS www pages on Film Studies (with links) at:

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