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Music Employability Event for 16 to 19 year olds (21 February 2014)

Music4U ran a successful event to help young people to find jobs in the music industry.The event took place at the Albemarle Music Centre in Hull on Friday 21 February and was aimed at young people between the ages of 16 and 19.

These events were be led by marketing expert Melanie Paris and education researcher and advisor Karen Merrifield who has just completed an MA in Employability at the University of York. 
They explored the following areas:
  • Types of jobs available in the entertainment industry - you don't just have to be a musician
  • Different ways of finding jobs - where to look for music related jobs
  • How to do well in interviews - importance of first impressions and advance preparation
  • Useful information about music/entertainment related qualifications
  • Skills and building CV information that will impress employers - importance of building online portfolios and work experience and volunteering
  • How to market yourself to future employers - making use of your networks and create a good impression in advance of an interview

The young people also had the chance to meet with young industry professionals and to find out more about their jobs and how they found them. Here are some comments from those who attended the workshop:

What have you found most useful today?

Talking to the professionals and looking at the range of jobs within the industry

Speaking to the young professionals about their work experience and how they got their jobs 

The delivery flowed well and the workshop was very informative

What will you do to improve your chances of getting a music related job after attending this event?

Volunteering at festivals and collecting more experience

Look for work experience so I can put this information in my CV

First impression count and gives a positive attitude

I will volunteer more at music events and I will attempt to network more

Contact companies and expand network to find experience

I have been given ideas to volunteer, names of companies to contact and get involved with in the future

Definitely, it delivers a new perspective on jobs in the industry

Yes it provides valuable information

Network, network, network!!!

Do you think this event would be useful to other young people and why?

Yes because it gives a good insight into different aspects of the music industry

Yes because it gives people a chance to talk to other people

Yes because it gives an inside look at what the industry is like

Yes it really helps if you are unsure of what to do

Yes very useful, gives a good insight into different careers within the industry

Yes as the advice is helpful and can help young people find out more about working in the industry

Yes because it gives them knowledge on how to get a job in the music industry

One parent contacted Music4U after attending an event to say her 15 year-old son had understood the message about the importance of networking and volunteering and joined the Driffield Brass Band that same evening!