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Skills and Training for Corporate Production

People from all kinds of educational and cultural backgrounds work in Corporate. Once in the sector, people do move around and the majority find work through contacts and word of mouth. Many are freelance, casual workers on job duration, or daily, weekly, monthly or three monthly contracts. Many take short-term courses to maintain their high skill level, in an industry where the technology and thinking is ever advancing.

Reputation really counts. "You are only as good as your last job" is a common saying, and there is much truth in that. This is a small industry, and word goes round - fast!

Key skills for Corporate - beyond your technical skills if you are within the technical sector - are generally listed as:

  • Creative Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Team Skills
  • A flexible approach to life
  • Tenacity
  • The ability to sell your skills to potential employers
  • An awareness of the applications of, and the possible applications, of technology

The one overriding rule on careers in Corporate, for some if not all job roles is: there is no absolute rule. If you can do the job well, you will often get to do the job, no matter what your background or training.

This situation will never entirely disappear, but it is changing somewhat. In certain areas, the UK is beginning to follow the American route of people training to work in audio visual production, whether in UK Film Schools or on University Film or TV Production courses. People are graduating with the bedrock of knowledge and skills, so that they then need only a break to get a job. There they gain a modicum of actual experience in Corporate and then get work on an on-going basis.
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