Find your ideal job (no degree required)
There's more to life than a college education, doncha know. Muddy investigates some excellent alternatives.
Flippin heck, it’s hard trying to find a decent job these days. I’m constantly meeting amazing women whose skills (usually post-time out having kids) don’t seem to chime with the digital gallop and speed of this brave new working world. University graduates continue to have a torrid time of it too, with the average student now graduating in debt to the tune of a whopping £50k and so many degrees just not making the cut for interview. It’s hardly surprising, then, that many young people are now weighing up whether a degree offers value for money.
So this post is for you! We’ve researched a whole range of career alternatives, based largely in Bucks & Oxon, for adults re-training or for teens who want to do something more practical and attractive to future employers than boozing it up at Fresher’s Week.
For future film/TV crew – The Iver Make-up Academy and Creative Media Skills courses, Pinewood Studios, Bucks
Pinewood Studios is where it’s at if you’re looking to break into the movie/TV industry in a behind-the-scenes role. Budding make-up artist should head to the Iver Make-Up Academy. It’s affiliated to the National Film & Television School and its tutors all previously taught at the famous Greasepaint London school (now closed sadly) and have decades of experience on major movies and TV shows. Among them is the brilliant Tamsin Barbosa, who’s personally rouged the cheeks of Nicole Kidman and Emily Blunt, among others. The academy offer a range of part-time and full-time make up and hair courses that last from 2 days to 30 weeks, and because you’re learning at Pinewood, with film MUAs, graduates are in the perfect position to get the most amazing work experience and maybe even job.
Also in the same building you’ll find the Creative Media Skills courses. Again, the course leaders here are all highly respected TV/film industry veterans who have identified skill gaps within their industries and created highly specialised, targeted courses to fill them, which are suitable for people who already have some industry experience. These include everything from screenwriting to special effects and pyrotechnics to prosthetics zombie make-up (you’ll be popular come Halloween).
For flexible learning – Department for Continuing Education, Oxford University
Wanna study at Oxford University? Yes, seriously. The Department for Continuing Education offers 1000 classes and courses each year, almost all of them part time so you can fit them around an existing job. They’re really flexible – you can do a weekly course, day school, summer school, online course and various diplomas, covering everything from composing for choirs to choral singing to creative writing (and that’s just the ones beginning with ‘C’).
For fashion devotees – Condé Nast College, London
A successful career in the fashion world takes a whole lot more than knowing how to pose for a snazzy street-style Instagram shot – in fact it’s a notoriously punishing industry to break in to. Step forward the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, from the creators of Vogue and Glamour. As you’d imagine, the lecturers and speakers here are top-notch industry luminaries and the courses ranges from the the one-year Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma to the one week Fashion Journalism Course to the Vogue Teen Weekend.
condenastcollege.ac.uk, 16–17 Greek Street, London, W1D 4DR
For budding performers – Roundhouse Young Creatives, London
The Roundhouse in Camden is one of London’s legendary music and theatrical venues and now young people can get involved in media, music and performing arts projects at the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios. Wannabe circus performers, DJs, freerunners and documentary makers are all catered for. And best of all, they take children from the age of 11 up to 25.
roundhouse.org.uk, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
For beauty/fashion industry hopefuls – Mastered
These accelerators (a cool word for ‘courses’, basically) from online educational start-up Mastered are 10 month courses that take place remotely (via video content) and in-person (meeting your mentors). They’ve hooked in great industry names to impart their knowledge, from Nick Knight on photography to Sam McKnight on hairstyling to Vivienne Westwood on fashion design. And such impressive industry connections mean brilliant networking opps.
mastered.com, 6-8 Hemming Street, E1 5BL
For mini Steven Spielbergs – National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield
The only UK film school with its own film and television studios runs a host of short courses, covering every backroom aspect of showbiz from running your own production company to digital effects to location sound. It’s the best film school in the country, according to The Observer and – hurray! – it’s in our ‘hood.
nfts.co.uk, Beaconsfield Studios, Station Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 1LG
… plus more apprenticeships than you can shake a stick at (and, no, don’t worry, you don’t have to work for Alan Sugar)
Creative Skillset works with the UK’s screen-based creative industries to develop skills and talent, from classroom to boardroom. creativeskillset.org
DiVA Apprentiships work with London employers, training young people in business admin, digital and Creative apprenticeships. divaapprenticeships.com
Creative Pioneers is an apprenticeship programme led by Chartered Professional Institute the IPA, in partnership with newspaper Metro. creativepioneers2.co.uk
You don’t need to be a graduate to work for the BBC – they offer apprenticeships for school leavers and two-week work experience slots. bbc.co.uk/careers/. TV moguls of the future might also like to look at Sky’s apprenticeship programme. careers.sky.com