Experience is key to landing an job! It’s very unlikely that you will waltz into your dream job with zero experience, so work experience can be a great way to learn new skills and develop your CV!
It can be difficult to find work experience and sometimes you mightn’t know where to start, so here’s some advice to help you out!
1. Research the roles you would like and what companies you’d like to work for. Create a list of the companies and contact them asking for work experience.
2. Use Linkedin as a research tool. You can search for people by company or job role. Don’t worry, it’s not stalkerish! Most professionals would be flattered to be contacted through Linkedin because of their expertise.
3. Be patient! It may take a long time to find a suitable work experience placement, so stay positive and patient. You should also try to apply for work experience well in advance of the dates you want to take on the placement, as there may be a waiting list!
4. Lots of schools help students find work experience, so check with your teacher or careers advisor if they can help set you up
5. Ask friends and family! You’d never know who might have a contact somewhere. Your granny’s friend’s daughter’s goldfish’s mate might be the contact you are looking for! Even if it’s not music industry related, remember there are a lot of transferrable skills that you could learn from undertaking work experience in another industry.
6. Attend as many related conferences or networking events as possible. This is a great way to meet professionals in your industry and build contacts, which may be able to help you find a placement. Here’s some great networking tips to help you out.
7. Festivals and events in your area can be a great way to build up your CV and they are often looking for volunteers! Contact events that are coming up in your area and offer to help out. You could end up developing your skills AND a free ticket!
8. Don’t sit around! Make sure that you aren’t wasting your free time. You can develop music industry skills and experience by running your own music blog, reviewing new releases, organising your own gigs, managing a mate’s band etc.