The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is to hold its first ever dedicated careers event for teachers and careers advisers at its headquarters at 195 Piccadilly, London, on 9 November. The organisation has also launched a free online Careers Quiz designed for young people aged 12 – 18, which will be on show at the event.
Both the BAFTA Creative Careers Showcase and the BAFTA Careers Quiz have been designed to showcase the wide range of opportunities available to young people in the film, games and television industries in a bid to encourage more young people, whatever their background or skillset to consider careers in these competitive yet thriving sectors.
BAFTA’s research indicates that whilst over half (57%) of young people have at one time considered working in film, games or television, many give up on the idea.
Of those that were dissatisfied with careers advice, half (49%) felt they received inadequate information about the area in which they wanted to work, 43% have been told there aren’t enough roles available, while 38% have been encouraged to pursue a career with ‘more reliable prospects’ (BAFTA Careers Pathway Survey). Yet the creative industries are now worth over £84bn to the UK and are growing at twice the rate of the rest of the economy (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports, gov.uk 2017).
BAFTA Creative Careers Showcase
BAFTA’s first ever Creative Careers Showcase will run from 1pm – 5pm on Thursday 9 November. At the free event teachers and advisers will be invited to join panel discussions, workshops and breakout sessions covering subjects as diverse as talent spotting, career pathways, skills shortages, regional employment hubs and the realities of self-employment.
Industry professionals who have worked on BAFTA winning and high profile films, TV programmes and games such as Les Misérables, CBBC’s Show Me What You’re Made Of and Batman: Arkham Knight will give first hand insights into how young people can get their talent noticed, the skills required to forge a successful career and the training opportunities available.
Booking a ticket
To register for the event teachers should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 2 November to request a ticket. Spaces are limited and will be allocated to teachers and careers advisers on a first-come, first-served basis.
Online Careers Quiz
Alongside its new Creative Careers Showcase, BAFTA is also launching an onlineCareers Quiz, available free at https://guru.bafta.org/careers-quiz.
The personality-based quiz takes a young person through 10 real life scenarios and based on their responses, suggests careers and roles within the creative industries that could provide a strong fit with their natural aptitudes and personality traits.
We want to inspire young people to discover the full range of exciting careers opportunities available, to realise that their particular skills and interests have a place, and to give them the message that the film, games and television industries are thriving and actively looking for talent
With the list of potential roles they are matched with ranging from film producers to composers, prosthetic designers to make up artists and lighting technicians to game designers, the quiz showcases the diversity of roles available in the creative industries. Each recommended role is supported with a wealth of information on skills needed, routes into the career, as well as films from individuals already working in those roles, providing advice on how to break into the sector.
Liz Proctor, Raising Aspirations Director, Future Academies, comments: “It’s difficult to find up to date information about jobs in the arts so it was great to find the BAFTA Careers Quiz. The structure is really engaging for young people. It’s a great tool to use to inspire them to consider careers within these industries, whilst also giving practical advice on how to get started.”
The BAFTA Careers Quiz has been designed so that it can be used in a number of scenarios – as a classroom resource, as an interactive device at options and careers evenings or as an activity a young person can complete independently.
Tim Hunter, BAFTA’s Director of Learning and New Talent commented: ‘We know that it can be challenging for teachers and careers advisers to give sound, up-to-date advice on getting into these industries as they’re evolving so fast. New roles are emerging all the time and the routes into film, games and television can be less formal and structured than in other sectors.
‘Through introducing young people and those who advise them to a range of real life industry professionals, we hope to break down some of the barriers and challenge the misconception that our industries are ‘impossible to break into’. We want to inspire young people to discover the full range of exciting careers opportunities available, to realise that their particular skills and interests have a place, and to give them the message that the film, games and television industries are thriving and actively looking for talent.
‘Through our new BAFTA Creative Careers Showcase and Careers Quiz we want to show educators and young people that if you find the right career fit, have the benefit of quality information and mentors, and know how to access training and networking opportunities, there’s a good chance of securing a job doing something you really love.’