Employment and education opportunities in the media sector
Employment opportunities including apprenticeships
|Web Developer||IT||You can be both a freelance and employed Web Developer. You can earn a lot more money being self-employed, but have less job security and have to keep finding new clients, which can be hard in such a modern industry. A lead Web Developer working for a company can earn upwards of £50,000 a year.||
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Frontend Developer (HTML, CSS/SCSS, JS)
£42,000 a year
|Web Designer||IT||You can be both a freelance and employed Web Designer. You can earn a lot more money being self-employed, but have less job security and have to keep finding new clients, which can be hard in such a modern industry. A lead Web Designer working for a company can earn upwards of £50,000 a year.||
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Senior Web Designer
We’re looking for a talented Senior Web Designer to join our Online Tools team in the ARM IoT Services Group. You’ll be working on some of the busiest web properties across ARM, with a community of hundreds of thousands of ARMmbed developers. Our team is hugely talented and working to deliver the tools, services and developer ecosystem to make IoT possible. You’ll have a high degree of autonomy and lots of scope for bringing your own creativity into the mix.
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Web Design BSc (Hons) – University of Huddersfield
Web design is a part of our everyday lives and we continually find new ways of accessing and interacting with it. This course aims to give you these skills and knowledge. This is a mixed discipline course encompassing both creative and technical elements. In the first two years you will study the technical side of web development alongside gaining an in-depth understanding of web design. The aim of this is to help you gain a broad range of skills, which are in demand from employers and our placement providers. If you choose to opt for the placement year we have many links with industry to help you secure a job, including globally recognised brands and small local companies.
|Information Security Officer||IT||IT Security is an ever expanding industry as much more companies are hiring professionals to manage their security due to recent cyber attacks such as WannaCry. You would either work for an IT company and be a contractor to smaller companies who need IT assistance or you would be hired by a company and only work for their IT department.||
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INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER
£40,000 a year – Permanent
Computer Science with Cyber Security MEng (Hons) – University of Southampton
This four-year degree in MEng Computer Science with Cyber Security will help you to gain a thorough grounding in computer science and to specialise in the growing field of cyber security.
This course will teach you the latest thinking in cyber security, including the concepts, principles, technologies and practices for addressing current and emerging cyber security threats and challenges.With cybercrime on a steep rise and cyber terrorism emerging as a national concern, the MEng Computer Science with Cyber Security is specifically designed to produce graduates with a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary view of the subject area, embracing the technical subjects in depth, but including important aspects of criminology, risk management, law and social sciences.
I am extremely good at time-keeping as I utilise lists to help me remember all of the work that needs to be done.
I work well within a group, helping everyone to achieve a similar goal. I have practised and perfected this skill during media at Long Road by working in groups to film various projects.
I have a good knowledge of the Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office packages enabling me to work quickly and effectively in a production environment.
I can use Google Analytics, PageSpeed Insights, and Search Console to help optimise sites.
I achieved 10 GCSEs graded A*-C.
I currently have a Diploma in Media Studies graded at Distinction.
I enjoy taking photos and videos to capture memories with my family.
I am extremely interested in the space industry, hence why I want to work for SpaceX.
I own a classic car which I am currently restoring.
I enjoy creating plastic model kits.
I am working for Therfield Village Pre-School to maintain their website, implement a blog and newsletter and increase their online presence.
I am working for the National Hyacinth Collection to design, develop and maintain a website showcasing their open day and the varieties of hyacinths the collection has.
I have created a photography website to showcase my work to potential clients and universities.
I am running a business with my Dad to buy and sell vinyl records on eBay.
In the future:
I would like to develop my skills in the web languages that I don’t currently have a good knowledge of. I would like to build bigger, more complex websites to build upon the knowledge that I currently have. I would also like to design more print-based media as I don’t have a lot of experience in this area.
Personal Resources Audit
Previous work experience in the same field would be desirable for any future employer.
A car would be desirable in order to drive to work and to interviews, however public transport would suffice in most circumstances.
Access to industry standard software would be a luxury as you can practice your skills at home.
A degree would be desirable in my chosen field however most firms would be happy with experience which would become essential without a degree.
Access to locations:
Large, successful, Web Design firms are based in Japan, USA, and Western Europe.
Contacts with recognized designers would help career prospects as they may be able to open doors to new, better, jobs.
Hire & Loan:
Some web design projects require photos to be taken as well which would require a camera loan.
Bursaries and Competition:
A bursary would be a luxury to pay for all or some of university fees.
Course Workshop and Academies:
Most Web Design information can be found online through websites such as MDN and Google Developers which means it’s very easy to access. This would build upon prior knowledge in the field making you more desirable to future employers.
Festivals and Events:
There are many technology events around the world and it would be a luxury to be able to go to them, however not essential.
Evaluating my own resources:
3 Jobs within the web-design field already puts me above anyone else applying to university. My set-up at home is equipped with industry-standard software and multiple monitors to improve workflow. I have unconditional offers to university to study the degree I want to get me into the web design field. I currently have access to a mid-range DSLR camera which makes taking photos for clients easier. I am currently eligible for a bursary at one of my chosen universities. I have access to a lot of information on the internet to help me learn more about web design.
I cannot currently drive which might put me at a disadvantage of jobs which are further away. Major Web Design firms are in other countries and I would need to move to be able to work there. Technology events around the world are expensive to attend and to get to making it nearly impossible for me to go.
My web design jobs also pose as contacts into other industries for further jobs to materialize.
The web and technology are constantly changing at an accelerated rate. Anything I learn at university might be out of date by the time I finish my degree.
Which are the most useful resources?
The most useful resources in my possession are the contacts that I have with my clients as I can use them to get more clients and the work I have done for them proves my experience in the field. The fact that I have a powerful desktop computer at home is also a useful resource as it makes learning comfortable and easy.
How are you going to make the best use of your resources?
I am going to utilize my clients to provide me with more work so that I can learn more about the profession whilst studying on my PC at home so that I am prepared for when I enter the industry properly after university.
How are you going to find new resources?
During my university course, I will take a placement year at a company where I will create multiple new contacts, increasing further the number of resources at my disposal.
My interest in Web Design began when I was 12. I started to learn some HTML through developing games websites in Year 8 using Weebly. I have been studying Web Design in my free time ever since. I am applying for a degree in this field as I have a huge passion for web design and I would like to make a career out of it. I want to make a worthwhile contribution to the web by creating websites that provide relevant information and conform to modern standards. I have a good knowledge of current web design practices and front-end languages such as CSS and HTML.
Currently, I am working on three web development projects. I host my own photography website which I have built using Adobe Muse. I have experimented with using multiple web-based apps such as a shopping utility and a file-sharing solution. I am also the website administrator for a local Pre-School, which uses WordPress. I have designed and developed a website for the National Hyacinth Collection using the core front-end languages. Subsequently, I now have a good understanding of HTML5 and CSS3. I installed Apache and PHP7 on a Raspberry Pi to test the websites that I make before pushing updates to go live.
Media Studies has provided a basis for core design ideas and practices as well as how to work effectively as part of a team to achieve a common goal. Photography has pushed me to be more creative and original in my ideas. Photography has also helped me to become more professional when meeting with clients and discussing their needs.
Many of my photos have been published in a local newspaper as part of a weekly run photographic competition. I am an avid writer and have written a book aimed at 7-11-year-olds which I am in the process of sending to publishers.
During my time at middle school, I was an active member of the athletics team, mainly in the relay races, which taught me to work as part of a team to achieve a common goal, something that is vital in the computing industry as many tasks are simply too large to tackle alone.
Over the past year, my family and I have been collecting and selling records. In order to better understand them, and the prices to sell them for, I have had to catalogue each item individually and store them in an organised manner. I have also worked to a schedule to ensure that we do not get overrun with stock and orders. These are skills which I can use during my time at university and beyond, as I will be able to deliver work on time and keep it organised so that other people may access it easily.
I went on a week’s work experience to TTP Labtech where I designed and manufactured a test rig for testing the polarisation of lasers used in Phenotypic and Biological screening lab instrumentation. I then designed and wrote a software application in Python for execution on a Raspberry Pi to control the test rig. Over the summer of 2016, I had work experience at ActivInsights where I assisted the Technical Product Manager in manufacturing, assembling, programming, and packing professional wearable devices.
I learnt many key skills to prepare me for my future in the workplace such as chain of command, and being able to carry out a set of instructions repetitively to achieve the same result. Due to the fact that I can now record and follow instructions, this will make building websites easier on my course as I will be able to achieve similar results time and again because I will be following instructions I have created. This is also vital when working as part of a team, as other members will be able to understand what processes I have taken and be able to achieve the same result easily, and quickly.
I hope to gain experience working in a team to produce visually and technologically stunning websites while working to a brief and within time constraints. I want to learn more about web development languages and increase my knowledge of the subject so that I am ready to go straight into an industry job with opportunities for career progression.
I have chosen the following examples of my work because they show the very best of my design and photographic skills. I have created these works using much of the Adobe Creative Cloud which shows my proficiency in the area, a must for lots of employers in the design industry. There are lots of different types of designs in my portfolio such as websites, magazines, adverts, and posters. This shows that I can design for a wide range of mediums. Much of the content I have created uses large paragraphs of text that I have written. This proves to future employers that I have excellent written communication skills. Some of the work shown in this portfolio has been carried out for employers, which shows I have experience in working for clients and working to client briefs to create visually exciting and competent products.