What can you do with a media studies degree?

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The creative industries are growing worldwide, with an ever-increasing demand for content creation and creative inspiration within the world of business. An education in media studies incorporates a broad set of subjects, and can lead to many types of career. Read about why studying a media studies degree could be right for you.

What Jobs Can You Get With a Media Studies Degree?

As this is a varied degree that can provide exposure to a number of different subjects, you will find that there are many career paths you could take after studying media. Explore your potential options through our lists of examples below.

Social Media Manager

Social media is a major part of today’s society, and one that all businesses need to specialise in. A social media manager is an exciting role in which you will lead your business’ social media strategy in order to boost customer engagement by managing its online presence, developing a strategy, producing good content, and analysing usage data.

Journalist

While journalism can be considered a competitive industry, people with the right traits find it rewarding, exciting work with a lot of variety in fast-paced environments. Journalists research and report on news and trends, and can work in a number of different media, including print, television or the digital sector.

Digital Marketer

Marketing is a large employer of media studies graduates, due to the constant demand for new and vibrant approaches to branding and advertising. A digital marketer will work logically with technical data to promote products through a variety of digital channels, using the internet and mobile technology.

Other jobs you can get with a media studies degree include:

  • Media researcher
  • Web content manager
  • Public relations officer
  • Television, film or radio producer

Jobs in which a media studies degree would be useful include:

  • Editorial assistant
  • Music producer
  • Photographer
  • User experience designer
  • Writer

Postgraduate Opportunities

If you are interested in a media degree but aren’t sure what kind of career you’d like to pursue, there are many alternative options for graduates, including further study. Postgraduate degrees under the media studies umbrella are popular, as they can be a good way to specialise in a topic that you find interesting, or boost your discipline-specific skills.

If you would like to explore career options after your studies, an internship is also a good postgraduate option. Many companies in the media industry offer long- and short-term internships, usually lasting up to 18 months, which can be part or full-time, and will teach you more about business and what it’s like to work in your chosen role.

Skills You Will Gain From a Media Studies Degree

Creativity

Throughout your studies, you will be creatively challenged and encouraged to apply your natural ability to constructive, practical tasks, enhancing your professional and work-based skills.

Research

The curriculum of any media studies degree will teach you the basic skills needed to effectively carry out research. This will be a vital requirement for many jobs in the industry.

Commercial and cultural awareness

In the media, staying up-to-date with the latest news and social trends is highly important, as it will impact your work greatly. As a student you will be immersed in media culture.

Teamwork

Being able to work effectively in a team is an important trait for any professional, and during a media studies degree you will be working collaboratively on projects of all kinds.

Communication

The media industry is reliant on good communication between teams, and studying a degree will allow you to practice your skills communicating through group assignments.

Attention to detail

Being attentive to your work is a critical professional attribute, and one that you will develop over the course of your studies when completing written work or visual creative pieces.

Time management

Completing creative work to strict deadlines will teach you to hone your time management skills, as well as preparing you with a solid work ethic for your future career.

How Can I Start a Career in the Media Industry?

Starting your career is an exciting life step, but it can be easy to be overwhelmed. Consider the following options as a way to begin a successful media career:

1. Get an undergraduate degree

Your undergraduate degree will set you apart from other candidates, as well as readying you with the skills you will need to be a successful professional. To start a media degree at a modern university like Lincoln, you can study at the International Study Centre. Our preparational programmes, the International Foundation Year and International Year One, are designed to help you progress to an undergraduate degree by improving your English language abilities and teaching you the academic skills needed to be successful in your university studies.

2. Do an internship

Internships are brilliant ways of building networks and gaining work experience, as well as exploring the field and allowing yourself time to find what you really love doing. With an internship on your CV, employers will recognise that you are an enterprising, hard working candidate who has valuable business knowledge and an understanding of the working world.

3. Study a Masters degree

If you want to get ahead in your career by improving your industry-specific knowledge, a postgraduate degree can be highly useful. Many industries, like media law, journalism, public relations and media education favour students with further study qualifications, as they will often have increased proficiency in their job role.

Study in the UK

There are many benefits of studying in a country like the United Kingdom, and they start with the country’s incomparable business industry. Many global companies are headquartered in the UK, with some of the best international graduate and internship schemes offered within the country’s urban hubs. As a result, the career opportunities available in cities like London, Manchester and Edinburgh are plenty, and there are always new chances to progress your career here.

By studying in the UK, you will have the option to work during your degree, thanks to your Student visa. The purpose of the Student visa is for students to come to the UK to study, and any work should be done in order to gain relevant experience in your field of study. This can be very beneficial to your career prospects, as working during your degree will teach you about work-life balance and potentially allow you to meet future employers while you are still studying.

After completing your university studies, you will have the opportunity to start your career in the UK with the new Graduate Immigration Route. This route, which is available for any international students starting their studies after autumn 2020, will allow you to work for up to two years after graduating with your valid Student visa. Find out more from our video here:

The experience of a lifetime

Studying internationally is an invaluable opportunity, as you can learn about a whole new culture, meet people from all around the world and even improve your linguistic skills. Studying in English while living in the UK will improve your understanding of British business and culture, as well as giving you an authentic life experience. Additionally, you can experience a brilliant quality of life as a student in the UK. The city of Lincoln is a great place to live and study, and was named as one of the most affordable student cities in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

Ultimately, studying a media degree in the UK will increase your employability and show companies that you have what it takes to learn and thrive in a challenging career role, as well as giving you many beneficial professional and personal experiences. If you are keen to start your study abroad journey and progress to a degree in Media Production or Film and Television Studies at the University of Lincoln, find out more about progression routes offered at the International Study Centre.

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