By Paula Melissa
Want a creative career* in Marketing, Journalism, Music or Technology but you don’t know where to start?
You’ve come to the right place!
When I first decided I wanted to be a creative, I did not know where to start! There weren’t many people doing what I was doing. It wasn’t like today where Twitter is full of likeminded people (Why does 2010 sound like SO LONG ago?)
So I decided to make this list of a few links** and organisations I’ve come into contact with over the years. There is a real mix here- from bursaries and scholarships to job boards and internships. I know I would have loved something like this so I’m hoping this is super helpful for you.
*Also, I should make it clear, because I have so many lovely readers outside of the UK, that these links are specific to the UK.
**All links should open in new tab
As always, please contact me with any questions!
A professional network for creatives – like a creative LinkedIn – where you can find creative jobs and brands can find you!
An online platform for inspired and entrepreneurial Christian students
Guidance and support through GCSEs, A-Levels, Degrees and Graduations through networking and worship events (FB)
Thousands of courses on different careers and skills, from graphic design, to personal development
A Facebook group enabling people to share internal opportunities to make you aware of creative jobs out there that you may have missed! They also organise career events.
A large group of Black women, both students and professionals, working within different industries across the City (corporate). They provide mentoring, networking opportunities and advertise vacancies.
Present career opportunities for BAME young people in the creative industries: Book Publishing, Film, Museums & Galleries, Music, Newspaper & Magazine Publishing, PR, Advertising & Marketing, Radio, Television, Talent and Theatre.
A youth-led creative organisation that do everything, from music to film making to photography! They also offer co-working space and workshops.
Learn digital skills to use in business through free training courses
A network for professional creative people to connect with people, brands, jobs and opportunities
Provide help, advice, work experience and internships for different creative paths
An extensive database of apprenticeships, placements and internships
National apprenticeships in England
Help with apprenticeships all over the UK
Graduate jobs, grad schemes and postgraduate courses
Job/work opportunities from year 12 to graduate
Reviews on internships and placements with large companies
A careers site with jobs, articles relating to careers and BTS on large companies worldwide
Articles and one-to-one help for young millennial ‘stuck’ in their careers
A scheme for 16-25 year olds, giving them discounted tickets to art and entertainment shows and creative workshops
Beauty, lifestyle and faith blog for teenagers (I’m including this as inspiration for creative ventures and I love the way they run their social media)
Global media company focusing on Women
Here’s a video I made at the end of my second year studying Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield talking about the course.
Industry website with information on jobs, placements, courses and other things to help trainee journalist.
A portal for jobs and training opportunities in The Guardian – mainly in London, New York and Sydney.
A media and communications charity connecting media professions with charity organisations to communicate their message with the world.
An UK-based online magazine focusing on hearing from writers of colour
An online publication written by and primarily for Black women, founded by freelance journalist, Tobi Oredein.
A 100% publicly funded online news publication
Professional development and careers website that advertises jobs but also provides courses and workshops to improve employability
Career opportunities for students and graduates
A young Christian female magazine (I included this one as website and product inspiration! Their magazine is beautifully produced.)
Broadcast and Digital Media:
Digital media events by Journalism.co.uk
Bauer Media UK manage a LARGE amount of the entertainment media we see on TV, Radio, Magazines and Online
A large database of jobs primarily in broadcast media in the UK
An online media platform founded by BkChat presenter and content creator, Nissy Tee
An online lifestyle women’s magazine
A lifestyle platform founded by online content creator and host, Mo Chunks
Digital marketing agency that literally do it all: SEO, paid media marketing and content creation
A global organisation and forerunners in the creative design and advertising
Discuss design ideas and het help from others
A network and job board for agencies, brands and individuals to showcase their work, connect and look for creative jobs.
Content on personal and business branding
Co-working office spaces and social communities of female influencers, freelancers and entrepreneurs in London
F.B.L (Fashion Beauty Lifestyle) Bloggers network connecting bloggers and YouTubers with branding opportunities
A major photography competition with great prizes and an opportunity to present your photography to professional judges
Lots of courses on how to start and grow a YouTube channel
National charity providing life services for young people primarily from disadvantaged backgrounds, through local charities and organisations.
National organisation that provide funding for community groups, charity projects and social enterprises all around the UK.
An educational charity working within TV, Broadcast and Film. They have different bursaries and scholarships – I’m actually an RTS member myself!
An award for creative branding and graphic design
Youth employment, recruitment, training and education
A global network of women who work in the music industry, offering networking and mentorship opportunities.
An organisation helping young artists, primarily in music but also in media and performing arts, with career help, life skills and help with equipment and facilities. They have rooms and studios for SUPER cheap for young artists!
Free coding and tech lessons for women in tech
Google offer internships and entry level jobs and also sponsored programs
Let me know if this has helped you!
P.S, this post does not have audio for obvious reasons!