Escape report: Career progression in the creative industry
A new report from training institution Escape Studios shows that workers would be prepared to self fund training or take a cut in pay for career opportunities
This infographic summarises the details of the Escape Studios report. Click to enlarge.
The report titled Creative Futures, which includes insight from big studios like The Mill and Double Negative also reveals that most creative professionals would be willing to take a £5k paycut for a better career.
Escape Studios conducted a survey in May 2011, asking 250 UK creative professionals in creative industries ranging from the arts, design, film, media and publishing their thoughts on training and career progression.
The subsequent report, which can be downloaded from Escape Studios’ website, shows that 69% said they would be prepared to self fund their own training if it led to better career opportunities.
However, the figure for those agreeing that it is a lack of training that is responsible for holding back their careers falls to 43%.
“The creative sector isn’t known for the quality of its on-the-job training,” says Dominic Davenport, CEO and Founder of Escape Studios. “It’s largely down to individuals to keep their skills up to date.
“However, the important thing is that creatives shouldn’t feel pigeon-holed into a particular job or career path – if you have a keen artistic eye and an interest in technology you can build a really successful career in a fast-moving sector like computer graphics.
The Creative Futures report also says that 53% would consider a £5k pay cut for greater career opportunities. When focusing on just arts and design professionals, this figure rises to 64% and 68% respectively.
Furthermore, the percentage of creative graduates agreeing that self-funded training would lead to better career opportunities was as high as 83% – the figure is the same for graduates that would consider a £5k pay cut for greater career opportunities.
Organisations such as Skillset earlier highlighted a Skillset highlighted a skills shortage in video games and VFX and embraces additional training, though recognises it can be difficult for those already in work: “Not everyone can stop working full time, or travel to a venue,” says Saint John Walker, computer games animation and facilities manager at Skillset.
“So courses like Skillset’s Build Your Own MA or Escape Studios’ fleet of courses that allow people to study online or outside the 9 till 5, can give people the chance to better their skills without missing out on earning.”
The full Creative Futures report is available on the Escape Studios website.
on Monday, July 4th, 2011 at 5:25 pm under Events, News.
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