Exploring IT, digital & creative
IT, digital & creative is everything we do now; using websites, money transfers, watching Netflix, messaging friends, ordering food, gaming... It all happens thanks to the awesome world of IT, digital & creative.
What can I do in IT, digital & creative
The IT, digital & creative industry is one of the fastest growing places to work... Actually, in a few years time, there could be hundreds of jobs in Essex that even we don't know about yet - why? Technology is developing so fast. Just 30 years ago, there was no internet, no smart phones, no social media, no wifi, no tablets, no... Well, you get the point! Imagine what things will be like in another 30 years!
What we do know is all the things you can get into right now! IT, digital & creative have been put together because technology is becoming a more important tool in artistic subjects, but creative thinking is also becoming more important in digital and IT work. Film making, electronic music, websites, animation and advertising and design are all areas in which IT, digital & creative minds cross over.
- Web Development
- IT Support
Top advertised jobs
- TV/Audio Engineer
- Graphic Designer
- IT Specialist Manager
Learn about IT, digital & creative
Almost every business has a website so don't be suprised to see a lot of web-based roles here, but if that's not your thing, there are plenty more opportunities for you to find on this page!
We have always thought about design as being so much more than just the way something looks. Design defines so much of our experience. - Jony Ive, Apple
I'm an artist, where do I fit in?
Sounds like a lot of tech right? Well all kinds of artists are using tech of their own in their careers to take their creative side to the next level. From gadgets like graphic tablets and 3D cameras, to software that lets you make music, edit images and create 3D worlds, technology is just another way for you to bring your imagination to life!
Many creative roles, like cartoonists or script writers, began with just a pen and paper. Now though, the digital world has meant that people can be more creative and work faster too. Check out some of the roles below - if you still can't find your thing, don't worry - from TV to VR, there is something for you out there!
What's out there for me?
There are hundreds of opportunities available in this sector, we'll only show you five for now, but you can learn a lot more from websites like ccskills.org.uk or thetechpartnership.com. All of the salaries you see here
Network Engineer: £28k - £40k+
Keeping a business connected is extremely important. Network engineers install, configure and upgrade software and hardware to make sure that the company can keep communicating with all of its employees and others outside of the business.
Animator: £23k - £26k+
You should try and stop doodling in class, but if you really can't help it, animation might be your calling. The world of digital software will help you bring all of your magical creations to life and tell a story in a game, movie or on a website.
Web Developer: £30k - £45k+
People working in this role use their creativity and technical skills to design, build and maintain websites. Usually, designers and developers will come together to share their skills to make the very best websites. A big part of your role will be to build the code of the website and test it before it goes live.
Social Media Manager: £18k - £26k+
Think you're a Instagram idol or a Snapchat guru? Yeah you are! This is definitely the role for you: social media managers post content and manage business' social media pages to promote the company's latest events, products or services. You might be uploading YouTube videos and tweeting already, so why not do it for a company that will pay you?
Graphic Designer: £24k - £32k+
Graphic design is a really cool role to get into if you're a bit artsy. Usually graphic designers use software like Photoshop or Illustrator to create visuals and layouts for pretty much everything you see around you: movie posters, logos, game covers, billboards and book covers!
How to get into IT, digital & creative
There is a long list of things you can do in the sector, so there is never just one way to get in. Areas like marketing, design and web development all have specific degrees you can achieve but employers are more interested in what skills you have. Luckily, you can learn a lot of these skills in your own time - completely free. For example: learning to code or build apps, learning design or modelling software or even learning videography or photography are just some of the skills you can build for yourself.
If you are looking to get into a creative role, making a portfolio is important - it shows employers some of the creative work that you can do. For almost every role though, getting onto a training programme or apprenticeship is a great way to show off your skills too!
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