01.03.2021: Dr Oliver Morris, the Director of Education & Skills at UK Music, takes a look at what’s on offer during Discover! Creative Careers week, which starts today. (Monday)
This week, will see many young people, schools, colleges and creative industry employers get involved in Discover! Creative Careers Week.
Following a successful inaugural event in November 2019, we are really pleased to be supporting another opportunity for people to really get to know the wide range of careers available in the creative industries.
The event returns this week with the aim of linking young people with employers, helping to inspire them to consider a career in an exciting and vibrant field.
People often know about the creative roles, but less well-known are all those other vital roles that keep the Creative Industries working and (prior to Covid-19) contributed £115.9billion to the economy – a figure which was rising annually.
Obviously, Covid-19 has had a massive impact on the employment landscape. When it comes to music, we are all looking forward to not only picking up where we were before – as a vital part of society and culture as well as a part of the economy worth almost £6 billion – but also building on all the creative innovation we have seen during the pandemic.
Music offers such brilliant career opportunities, which is due in part to the breadth of opportunity, with roles from lawyer to singer, data scientist to sound engineer and many more. But the main reason, however, is down to the passion it inspires in people.
Music is so central to our identities and lives that people are often already involved and immersed in music even before they become aware that a career in music is possible.
It is (perhaps contrary to some people’s perceptions!) a hard-working industry but one that is rooted in community, celebration and of course creativity. Hence, it is a really genuinely fun place to work.
It’s fantastic to see music represented during Discover! Creative Careers Week and there is a wide range of videos to see including the rapper Shao Dow, the Royal Opera House, Liverpool Philharmonic, Saffron Records and Kycker. You can check them out here.
These represent a really excellent cross-section of what the modern UK music scene is. One that is diverse in terms of genre and where tradition and innovation work together to create and support the UK’s world-renowned music.
I would also encourage you to get involved and below are a few useful tips and links to help.
Get involved and make some noise!
There are a number of simple ways you can join in:
- Follow @CreativeCareer5 on Twitter
- Check out this website to search for your perfect career in the Creative Industries
- Make sure you tag @CreativeCareer5 and use our campaign hashtags #DiscoverProperJobs #DiscoverCreativeCareers in any posts you share during the week.
- If you’re a school or college and you’d like to take part, please make sure you sign-up online.
- You can also download our guide to taking part in Discover! week. Don’t worry if you’re unable to join in during the week as you’ll still be able to access and use all of the resources from the DiscoverCreative.Careers afterwards.