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Creative Careers

Creative Careers

Creative Careers

Creative Careers

On this page you will find a selection of events, resources and schemes to help you explore your career options in the creative industries and find opportunities. 

Creative Careers Events

You can find upcoming sessions relating to the creative industries on Handshake. You'll need to register in advance to attend. 

 To watch recordings of previous Career Zone events please visit this link. Please note you will need to sign into your University of Exeter account using your email and password.

Learn more about Creative Careers

To help you explore job options in the creative industries we have collated some useful websites and resources below. This is not an exhaustive list, but they should help you research different areas you could work in and the range of roles available.

Sector overview

The links below will help you to research the different areas of work within the creative industries.

  • Sector pages - these have lots of useful links and advice to help you research your career options in the creative industries.
  • Overview of the UK's creative arts sector - covers the main graduate employers and what it is like to work in the sector. Sector overview pages are also available for Marketing, advertising and PR and the Media sector.
  • Careers in the Creative Industries – in this episode of the Career Zone podcast, Nick Havergal, Employability and Placements Adviser guides us through the current state of play in the UK job market when it comes to creative careers and provides some starting points for students seeking to enter this industry.

Explore job roles

Once you have a good understanding of the type of area you would like to explore, use the links below to research what jobs you could move into.

Many of the links in the 'Learn more about the creative industries' section above will help you to find relevant opportunities. Here are a selection of useful sites for finding work experience or job opportunities in the creative industries:

  • Sector pages - on each of these you will find a section on finding internships or work experience.
  • Creative Opportunities - jobs website for students and graduates at University of the Arts London (UAL) but open to all.
  • ArtsJobs 
  • Journoresources - site for aspiring journalists. Has a list of graduate schemes on the site.
  • Creative Access - specialise in finding opportunities for people from under-represented communities in the creative industries.
  • Handshake - allows students and graduates to discover employers and opportunities. 
  • Getting into the screen industries - free ScreenSkills e-learning course designed to support people looking to get their first break in the screen industries.


Jointly commissioned by Arts and Culture and the Career Zone, this newly released set of films feature interviews with recent graduates, all of whom have stayed in the region to build creative careers in the South West. Offering a brilliant insight into different areas of the creative arts from theatre to writing, each film touches on their experiences as students and how they have developed their career path since graduating.

If you would like to connect with alumni working in the creative industries consider using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool



Useful Schemes & Services

You may find the following schemes and services useful for building contacts, experience and confidence in pursuing a career in the creative industries. 

‌The Career Mentor Scheme matches experienced professionals with a mentee (current student, recent graduate or GBP), to meet monthly for sector insights and one to one careers advice and guidance over a six month period. Find out more.


Ask An Alum is a simple way to connect with our University of Exeter alumni, to ask careers questions via email. We have a wide range of alumni undertaking a variety of job roles and from a huge range of organisations, sectors, and countries available to communicate with applicants. Find out more.


The Professional Pathways programme is a suite of sector specific training courses and paid 35 hour internships that will take place in June 2023. There are various pathways to choose from including Pathways to Arts, Culture and Heritage and Pathways to Marketing. Training is delivered by industry experts, to provide you with a firm grounding in the relevant sector. Following the employer-led training, you will undertake a paid 35 hour internship.

Although applications are closed for this year it is worth keeping an eye on your emails in December for more details about next summer's programme. 


Access to Internships (A2I) provides support and funding to help undergraduate Exeter students who meet the Student Widening Participation Criteria to arrange a paid internship in the UK. Find out more and apply.

If you are thinking about working as a freelancer or building a portfolio or entrepreneurial career you can get advice and guidance in a one-to-one appointment. To book, simply use the live chat on this page and request  an 'Entrepreneurs Guidance appointment'.

You can also attend workshops to help you develop skills such as networking and LinkedIn to build your freelance or portfolio career. To find other relevant sessions, search 'Ways of Working' on the events page on Handshake.  

Student StartUps run a weekly drop-in where you can explore your start up idea and get advice. They also run incubator programmes which are designed to support you from the business idea stage through to launch, through workshops, peer-to-peer network building, one-to-one advice, and access to early-stage funding. 

Here are some other useful links: