How To: Break Into The Creative Industries Without Qualifications

Rising Star, Rachel Onilude, offers some cool alternatives to succeeding without qualifications…

As young people, we’re often told that success comes as a result of a qualification. However, there are many alternative routes to success which have benefited the likes of Beyoncé Knowles, Simon Cowell, Lady Gaga, Eminem and Jay-Z, all of whom either dropped out or failed to achieve specific qualifications.

Education and grades are highly important, but not a major requirement for all creative industry sectors. Some roles look for other factors such as experience, your networking circle, natural ability, determination, hard work and commitment. Here are two examples of job roles which do not necessarily require you to have academic experience…

Radio broadcaster:

Radio broadcasters are responsible for hosting shows on the radio which revolve around topics like current affairs, music, interviews, sports, entertainment and the promotion of events. A radio broadcaster keeps a show running smoothly for the entertainment of the audience.

The role of a radio broadcaster is unique because of their ability to impact society (reaching potentially millions of listeners), as well as providing entertainment.

The working hours of a self-employed radio broadcaster tend to vary from early mornings to afternoons and late nights. They are often expected to have a varied skill set including the ability to communicate effectively, research, read and write. Additionally, being up-to-date with current world affairs is desirable, depending on the topic they specialise in.

Advertising & Marketing:

Working in advertising & marketing involves the promotion of products or services for a company, with tasks including writing campaign plans and producing artwork/graphics.

Like radio broadcasters, these sectors require you to be adaptable and a strong communicator to successfully build relationships with clients, employers and colleagues. Numerical and strategic skills are also desirable. The marketing industry typically consists of a regular work schedule (9am-5.30pm) but attending work-related events could cause this to change. Travelling is often an important part of this role if you are part of an organisation which works on international goods and/or services.

Apprenticeships are a great way to break into the creative industries. They will support you to develop your portfolio, contacts, experience and interpersonal skills, all whilst earning a wage in the process. Here are the different levels of apprenticeships available to you:

Level 2 Apprenticeship > Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes at grades A*-C.

Level 3 Apprenticeship > Equivalent to 2 A-level passes.

Levels 4/5 Apprenticeships > Equivalent to a Foundation degree and above.

Levels 6/7 Apprenticeships > Equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

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