Looking for a head start?

We are often asked about the best ways into the industry, and the honest answer is that there are any number of routes you might take, depending on the areas you’re interested in and how much you want to focus on a particular skill or idea.  We’ve put together some suggestions below of places to start – these are sites which may be useful for work experience, graduate training schemes, entry level jobs and apprenticeships, along with a short list of professional associations (many free to access) and colleges offering postgrad and short courses in TV, Film and Journalism.  This list is by no means exhaustive so do use it as a starting point for your own research.   We’ve also included some ideas from the Novel team on how to think about your own profile and engagement.


Channel 4
Sky Academy
BBC Radio Regional


BBC Academy – a guide to career opportunities
BBC Trainee Schemes and Apprenticeships
BBC Training
ITV Apprenticeships
Channel 4 - ‘4 Talent’ Scheme
Channel 4 Apprenticeships
Sky TV Careers
Sky TV Graduate Opportunities
Openings for Graduates in Radio
Classic FM Careers
Netflix UK
Viacom – Channel 5, MTV, Nickelodeon



The Production Guild

• ScreenSkills Creative Futures Conference

ScreenSkills – Young Creative Talent Scheme – Apprenticeships

Edinburgh International Television Festival – The Network!

TV Water Cooler

The Talent Manager/TV Jobs

Advertising Producers Association




BAFTA Scholarship Programme
British Film Institute Film Academy Scheme
Royal Television Society Bursary Scheme



Goldsmith’s College (Postgrad)
National Film and Television School (Postgrad)
London Film School (Postgrad)
Central St Martins (Postgrad)
London School of Journalism
Cardiff School of Journalism



Here are a few more ideas.


  • Keep an eye out for local activity, for example here in Oxford groups such as Film Oxford and ScreenTalk run regular talks and networking events, often for free

  • Try contacting your local production companies to ask if you can pop in for a chat, even if they don’t run work experience/internships or currently have employment opportunities (make sure you watch and appreciate the shows they make first!)

  • Create and actively maintain your LinkedIn page; connect with people you know (include a friendly message when you do so) and follow those you don’t know (but would like to).

  • Across social media, keep your profile clean and focussed; follow key thinkers and active writers, producers and publishers. Comment, write and engage with others as much as you possibly can, on the areas which genuinely interest and excite you.

  • If you are making films, get them out there; festivals, grants, YouTube and open posting sites.  Audiences (especially appreciative ones) can come from anywhere.

  • Explore opportunities to use your skills with voluntary organisations who may be able to offer the chance to learn new skills; charities, local networking groups, writing groups and so on.

This is a collaborative process, so if you have any suggestions for sites you think we’ve missed, feedback on what we’ve suggested or top tips that you’ve found work well, then do get in touch -  you can email us at info@novelentertainment.co.uk.

Good luck from everyone here at Novel Entertainment!





Posted on 6th Feb 2020