Climbing The Career Ladder

Skillset launches NI careers service for audio-visual workers

Skillset Northern Ireland have announced the launch of a new industry-endorsed careers service aimed at new entrants and experienced freelancers working in Northern Ireland’s audio-visual industries.

This pilot careers guidance service will be delivered by three working media industry professionals based in Belfast, who have been trained as Skillset Careers Advisors. The advisors come from different areas within the audio-visual industries and will be advising clients on areas such as careers in film, TV and interactive media.

The Careers Advisors are Vincent Kinnaird, film and TV industry director and producer, Maeve McAdam, creative director/producer of an award-winning animation series and Mairin Murray, interactive media production specialist.

The service is funded through the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) and includes access to one-to-one careers guidance or advice via the telephone or e-mail. The one-to-one sessions give clients the opportunity to have an in-depth, confidential discussion about their career with someone who has first-hand industry knowledge.

The one-to-one careers guidance service is aimed at those with some experience and knowledge of the industry, while freephone helpline and e-mail services are available to students and those at pre-entry level.

Mairéad Regan, UTV Media and Skillset NI Board Member commented:

'I am delighted to welcome this new initiative which will provide accessible and relevant advice and support for those freelancing in the media and those who wish to get a foot on the ladder.'

Skillset’s Northern Ireland Manager Cecilia McAllister hopes the initiative will aid aspiring media professionals to gain a foothold on the ladder to success.

'It’s great to have industry advisors on hand to offer one-to-one sessions to media professionals in Northern Ireland. We are very pleased to see DEL supporting such industry-led initiatives.'

For more information visit the Skillset website.