Why training is important in the film & television business

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Why Training is Important

Keeping your career on track

This article is focussed on training and career development in the film, television and media industries but the content will equally apply to many other industries.

 

Training is something we tend to do most at the start of our careers. You might have studied at college or taken a media related degree at university or even progressed to a Masters degree in a film & television subject. But once you enter the workplace, further training can really slow down or even stop altogether.


As we progress through our working lives, we pick up experience on the way but often there is a lack of training on offer especially if you work in an industry where there is little or no formal training structure. This is particularly true in the freelance sector.

 

This article outlines the benefits and necessity for ongoing training and how it will massively improve your career prospects in the film, media & television business.   If you’re just starting your career in the film and television business, then you’ll already understand the need for education or training to give you the broad level of knowledge you need to enter the workplace. You’ll need to demonstrate to employers that you understand the business and that you’ve got the necessary skills to do the job you’re applying for.

But it doesn't stop there

Think of your career as a journey from where you are now to where you ultimately want to end up. This may sound like "stating the obvious" but without a plan or a framework to build on, it's impossible to visualise your current situation and the changes you need to make to reach your ultimate goals.


Each of us will have a different “now” depending on what stage of career we’ve reached, and our end goals will be different. But what we have in common is the need to get from “now” to “goal” and it’s clear that this process can take many years. In fact, it’s going to take the entire lifetime of your career and that’s why you need to take a lifetime approach to training. It's called Continuous Professional Development or CPD and it's something we all need to pay attention to. In fact it's the single most important thing you need to address whatever stage you've reached in your career.

 

But is it worth the investment? Training for the film and television business takes time and can be expensive. There are free courses and expensive courses, some are good value, others not so good. But either way, you’ll be investing your time and money. So is it really worth it?   The short answer is yes as long as you find the right course for you.

 

There are many benefits to attending a training course: you might gain a new skill or qualification, learn how to use a new piece of equipment, or just refresh your knowledge and keep up to date. But you’ll also be more motivated, energised and able to offer new thinking and solutions in your job and you’ll probably have networked and made new contacts in your field. You’ll be a better person with more knowledge and skills to offer in the workplace, all of which makes you more valuable to an employer so you’ll be more likely to get better jobs and along with that, a better salary.


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