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Getting started


Within the photographic sector you could be looking at a wide range of occupations. Prospects 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:

Keep up-to-date with the industry

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

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.

  • The British Institute of Professional Photography – The qualifying and governing body of professional photography.
  • The Association of Photographers – A leading professional association, their website has a news section as well as contract advice for freelancers and a JobShop advertising current vacancies.
  • British Journal of Photography – The online edition providing topical content, including news articles, informational resources, community galleries, forums and comment tools.
  • ScreenSkills – Industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses working in the creative industries.
  • Creative and Cultural skills – Provides an online hub of advice and opportunities for anyone that wants to work in a creative career.
  • Creative Review – Monthly publication covering advertising, design and visual culture.
  • Creative Boom – Online magazine and network community that aims to celebrate, inspire and support the creative industries throughout the UK and the rest of the world.
  • Creative Network South (CNS) is working to develop the creative industries in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Their prime focus is the attraction and retention of creative talent.
  • CreateBritain Create a Profile for peers, fans and business opportunities to find you. The site brings many aspects of the creative industries together into an easy to navigate, highly relevant space.
  • Ladies, Wine & Design offer free mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, talks & creative meetups for underrepresented creatives.
  • 'a space' arts is an organisation that supports and inspires artists, audiences and communities through an ambitious programme of exhibitions, artist resources, opportunities, and by culturally reanimating lost spaces with arts and heritage.
  • Dribbble The world’s destination for design. We’re on a mission to build the world’s best community for creatives to share, grow, and get hired.



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