Guest blog from Christopher Cooper, Freelance Writer, Illustrator and Magazine Editor
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If you’re looking for a straightforward career path, working in the media may not be the life for you. Ask anyone working in film, TV, digital, or print media how they got to where they are, and the chances are each will have a different story to tell.
Regardless of which branch of the media they work in, many will have started in similar junior roles, largely involving the provision of coffee to far more important people – my first job was as a runner in a TV production company, and that’s pretty much what I did. And lick stamps.
How you move upwards and onwards is largely down to your willingness to be flexible, to push yourself forward when opportunity presents itself, and to forge decent relationships with good people who will help you down the line. Most of all you need to be lucky enough to ask the right person for the right job at the right time. Your career prospects really are largely down to that old careers chestnut: networking (and good timing!)
And if there’s something you really want to do, even if no-one is paying you to do it, keep on doing it. There’s a lot to be said for sheer bloody-mindedness and dogged determination.
Don’t forget SOAS Careers are running events this week on Creative JobSearch and Working in Broadcast Media. If you would like to find out more about working in media, be sure to sign up via MySOAS Student.
Christopher Cooper, Freelance Writer, Illustrator and Magazine Editor