Entertainment Technology is a very broad employment sector which continues to grow as a viable option for creative individuals with technical prowess. Innumerable job descriptions fall beneath the blanket of entertainment technology which includes a increasing number of highly technical career paths, from computer simulation to interactive environments, all of which is needed as much in the entertainment industry as in any other modern business

Where do I start?

Within the entertainment technology sector you could be looking at a wide range of occupations Prospects.ac.uk has a useful list of job profiles each containing relevant information about key responsibilities, skill requirements, starting salaries, entry requirements, career prospects with links to major employers and current graduate vacancies.

Job roles

Job roles in this sector include (but are not restricted to):

Finding opportunities

As part of your job-hunting strategy you will need to keep up to date on developments in this sector and keep track of any vacancies that are coming up. Below are some key resources to help you research opportunities available. The knowledge gained through your research may help you to target your applications and will help when preparing for interviews.

  • Prospects – Job Sectors section provides a career guide to jobs in a range of industries; with articles, news and features, as well as practical information on finding a job in your chosen area.
  • ScreenSkills – the industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses working in the creative industries including computer games, animation and interactive media.
  • Creative Choices- An online service which provides tools, knowledge and networks to help individuals and businesses get in, and get on, in the creative industries and cultural sector. This includes profiles for ‘A Career in…’, ‘Getting Started in…’ and jobs in the…
  • BBC – The latest technology news from the BBC.
  • Games Industry – find news, features, events and jobs in the games industry.
  • Entertainment Technology – contains the latest news from within the entertainment technology industry, special features, reports and jobs.
  • Music Tank – Information on the entire music industry including news and sector-specific information.

Getting experience

Competition for jobs in this sector is fierce and work experience could be the deciding factor to securing a graduate job. Undertaking work experience is invaluable in developing expertise and the all-important transferable skills, which will help you demonstrate your motivation and commitment to this area of work.

However finding experience will take time and effort; employers receive many CV’s every week so you will have to work hard to stand out from the crowd. You can find out more about how to create a targeted CV through the Careers and Employability website.

The key to success is to prepare thoroughly, do your research and organise your experience in good time. Think about small and medium size companies as well as large organisations such as the BBC which welcomes over 1,000 people annually on two week work experience. Use industry specific directories to help identify relevant organisations to approach for speculative requests.

Finding placement and internship opportunities

The websites below provide further information about placement and internship opportunities in the industry:

  • Games Industry Jobs advertises a limited number of internship opportunities with companies across the UK and around the world.
  • Grads In Games list some internship opportunities aimed at both current students and at graduates.

Competitions, events and freelance work

  • Wired Sussex list events and media jobs and has a portfolio board where members can find digital media project opportunities and freelance work
  • Grads In Games 'Search for a Star' competition, which is designed to highlight the most promising video games programmers and artists around with job opportunities at leading games studios and Tranzfuser™ which is an innovative talent development programme developed by UK Games Talent, working with a host of regional contributors and funded by the UK Government.
  • Freelancer – Employers can post projects and freelancers can contact them directly and bid for the job or upload your portfolio so an employer can view your work and contact you directly
  • Upwork – On Upwork, you run your own business and choose your own clients and projects areas include web and mobile developers, designers and creatives and sales and marketing

Make your work accessible by having a dedicated place to host content with a short, direct link. Options include WordPress, Weebly and Wix, or as an Artist you may choose to use Artstation or Behance.

Volunteering

It is also worth considering the voluntary sector for work experience. The Careers and Employability Service offers current students and graduates access to a Virtual Volunteering Bank which provides local opportunities to undertake alongside your studies. Similarly you can access these opportunities through the paper-based bank located in the Careers and Employability Centre.

If you wish to instigate voluntary work experience during the vacation periods please refer to ‘External sites’ on the voluntary work experience section on our website.

Examples of roles that the Volunteering Team have previously advertised and recruited for include:

  • STEM Ambassador ; supporting a local school or community youth group by helping to inspire young people to make the most of their talents and pursue careers in STEM.
  • Code Club Volunteer – supporting children aged 9-11 years old as part of Code Club, which is a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs. Inspiring them to get involved in digital making and developing skills in Computational Thinking. Recruitment takes place in August and September each year.
  • Computer Club Volunteer with Personal Choice – working with the organisation’s 50+ Job Club to assist members with developing and enhancing their computer and digital literacy skills.
  • Lead Computer Tutor Volunteer with Citizens Advice – building and developing workshop courses for members of the public covering computer skills and supporting Assistant Tutor volunteers to facilitate the sessions.
  • Social Media and Website Management Volunteer with Portsmouth Food Bank – assisting with the development and maintenance of the organisation’s dedicated website and promotion of work through social media channels. Specifically using social media for marketing, creating connections and using it as a publicity tool to recruit other volunteers.

Tips to build experience

  • Explore the various areas within the entertainment technology sector before you apply for work experience; knowing what you want to specialise in will help you focus your research and ensure you gain the relevant skills.
  • Get involved in relevant University or external groups this is a good way of demonstrating your motivation and interest in this area of work.
  • Speak to your tutor or other members of Faculty staff researching in the areas that interest you, as students are sometimes recruited to work on research projects over the summer.
  • Be proactive and make direct contact with organisations that interest you and apply speculatively; send a targeted CV and a covering letter focused on why you are interested in them and why they should be interested in you.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile to network with sector employers – see our Networking and Social Media section for further guidance.

Finding a job

There are many different areas within entertainment technology sector and work can be varied. You could get involved in fields such as sound and recording, set building and design, scenery fabrication or lighting and show control so some thought as to which area(s) you are particularly interested in will help you to target your job search.

Employers who recruit in these areas

  • Independent film, television and/or radio production companies
  • Theatre production companies
  • Media organisations
  • Magazine publishing companies
  • Web design studios
  • Charitable and voluntary organisations
  • Leisure industry
  • Cultural organisations
  • Music industry producers and studios
  • Post-production services

Useful websites to help you start your job search

  • Creativepool – professional network connecting individuals and companies. The site is a platform to showcase and share work, follow and connect with agencies, brands, freelancers and suppliers.
  • The Drum – resource for finding creative jobs across the UK.
  • Jobs in Broadcasting – include broadcast production jobs , producer jobs, editing jobs, journalism jobs, studio jobs, sales jobs and operations management jobs just to name a few.
  • The British Interactive Media Association – jobs site advertising positions including web developers, digital project managers, creative digital designers and more.
  • Grapevine jobs – media jobs in TV, film, home entertainment, music, post production and new media
  • Simply Marketing – browse jobs by location and sector to find digital marketing jobs
  • Production Base – digital publication and network for freelancers working in TV, film, theatre, radio and commercial production. Users gain access to hundreds of unique job opportunities on a weekly basis, and can showcase their profile and showreel to all the leading production companies and broadcasters.
  • Wired Sussex – find the latest digital media vacancies across Sussex. Also includes news, projects events and training.
  • MyCareer – here you will be able to find graduate jobs across different sectors and locations.

Tips for finding a job

  • Keep up to date with entertainment technology news and trends by following the professional bodies on twitter, this information might help you identify opportunities to network and tap into the hidden job market.
  • Keep your on line job search flexible as some employers might use different titles to describe the same job role.
  • If you are keen to focus on a specific sector within environment check out the specialist websites for these areas for current vacancies
  • Most companies have a Twitter and/or Facebook account, register with them as this is often a place where new opportunities are posted and where you can keep in touch with their current activities.

Working as a freelancer

Freelancers use a variety of means to generate work, some rely on self-promotion and a good contact network, while others use a specialist agent.

  • Student StartUp Team – Advice and support to students and graduates at the University of Portsmouth to develop their enterprise skills and set up their own business.
  • Artquest – Shares the resources, networks and opportunities you need to develop your visual arts practice including a range of ‘How to’ guides.
  • Crunch – A resource with up to date information and features about working freelance.
  • Production Base – Digital publication and network for freelancers working in TV, film, theatre, radio and commercial production. Users gain access to hundreds of unique job opportunities on a weekly basis, and can showcase their profile and showreel to all the leading production companies and broadcasters.
  • Freelance UK – Provides information for freelancers includes a forum, news and events sections.

Useful social media feeds

Check out the following Twitter and Facebook feeds for news and information about current projects and to tap into the hidden jobs market.

Contact us

The Careers and Employability Service offers support to students throughout their studies and provision for graduates up to five years after graduation, with advice and guidance on:

  • Career options
  • Further study
  • CV and covering letters
  • Application forms
  • Job search
  • Interviews

We have an online jobs board advertising a variety of graduate jobs across different sectors and locations. We also have a dedicated in-house Graduate Recruitment Consultancy that delivers a personalised job matching service.

You can also access our services by calling or emailing us:

Email us: careers@port.ac.uk

Phone us: +44 (0)2392 842684

Office hours: Monday – Thursday, 8.30am – 5.00pm; Friday, 8.30am – 4.00pm

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