By Zoe Briggs
So after university... what's next?
When you finish university, youve got
loads of options ahead of you. If you want to work in engineering, you could
apply to a graduate scheme. If you want to be a banker, apply to a graduate
scheme. If you want to try your hand at management consultancy, then guess what? You can apply to a
graduate scheme. But if you want to work in the theatre industry
oh. Hang on.
Its not that simple.
Getting a job in the theatre industry
For decades, getting your foot on the
first rung of the career ladder in the theatre industry has meant sweeping the
stage, making the tea, or asking Great-Aunt Nancy if she can put you in touch
with her director friend. But things are changing. The
Arts Council England's recent investment in the Creative Employment Programme
is inspiring arts organisations to set up part-funded apprenticeships and
internships for young professionals, sparking a cultural shift in our employment culture.
ATG launches a new grad scheme
And now, here at ATG we have some even
more exciting news! A groundbreaking new graduate scheme (the first of it's kind!) has been announced. Now, you could be that lucky graduate that can lay claim
to an equally rewarding and challenging graduate job in a field you
feel passionate about. ATGs Graduate Scheme in Theatre Management and Administration will offer a unique start in the commercial theatre industry and
complements existing schemes such as Stage
(for new producers), and Step
(a mid-career development programme).
Other opportunities at ATG
Its not the first time weve invested
in our workforce here at ATG. Our office internship goes from strength to
strength and has been the stepping stone to careers in the company.
Our new apprentice theatre technicians are settling in and starting their
intensive training backstage. We have university placements in our accounting
team, and internships at our subsidiary companies Sonia Friedman Productions
and First Family Entertainment, as well as at our theatres nationwide. Whats
more, they're all paid.
ATG employees who joined the company as interns and
are now employed permanently in roles
varying from programming to business
Credit: Oli Matthews.
Over the years,
interns have gone on to the following exciting roles:
- London Programmer
- London Events Coordinator
- Project Management
& Content Strategy Executive (Digital Marketing)
- Email Marketing
Executive (Digital Marketing)
- Business Affairs
- Marketing Assistant
- Assistant to the
Chief Financial Officer
- Customer Experience
Applying for ATG's grad scheme
So with all those opportunities, what
are you waiting for? Well, hold your horses. This is a seriously competitive
business. For our office internship alone, we had 40 applicants per place in
our last recruitment round. For our brand-spanking new graduate scheme, its
likely to be even tougher, as there are only two places available for a
September 2014 start. So you need to think ahead and take some preliminary
steps to make sure you are the best candidate.
Top tips for preparing your application
- Brush up your leadership skills. Being able to inspire and motivate
people is key to success.
- Find ways to evidence your creative and strategic approach to work
and practise writing convincingly about it.
- Get a handle on a commercial
approach to the theatre industry.
- See as much theatre as you can to develop your taste and discover
what kind of work you want to be associated with.
- Be ambitious. Aim higher. And practice proving that this
comes naturally to you.
Cant wait to apply for the ATG Graduate
Scheme? Recruitment begins in January 2014. Register
your interest in, and find out more information about, the ATG graduate scheme here (lots of great answers to a whole bunch of FAQs too).