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Getting into the television and film industry is a dream for many, but it doesn’t have to be a reality for few. There are many courses available for people to enroll on to get the right skills, from being in front of the camera when acting and presenting to the work behind the scenes such as make up, production, filming and sound. All of these professions and more are needed to give you the media you enjoy every day on the radio, television and in films.
Many people get into the entertainment industry without the help of professional courses or qualifications, but through dedicated hard work. If you have great ideas it can be difficult to get funding for projects, but there are schemes in place where you can access the equipment you need to realise your dream.
Most people will just think of television production being limited to larger entities, such as the BBC and film studios in Hollywood, but this is far from the truth. Many shows that you watch on television and huge swathes of independent cinema are made on small scales by dedicated people who may work full time on their projects, or just do it as a hobby as a part of their day to day lives. These may not produce the flashiest of shows, but are arguably the best when it comes to originality and content.
The increased use and access to production technology and professional broadcast equipment really increases the possibilities that smaller production have. Once you have gained knowledge through different courses, you can start learning properly by working within an exciting industry – getting relevant experience and hopefully letting you move upwards.
Of course, you can try and get into the industry without training, but it can be extremely difficult. Centres such as the London Academy of Media Film & TV can help you work towards your goal, get some great contacts and meet new people at the same time!
It takes a special kind of person to work at sea, away from home for many months at a time, spending extended periods of time with the same people day in day out. But for those looking for a job in yachting or aboard larger vessels, there lays a rewarding and interesting career where you can expect a new challenge every day.
Without a STCW95 qualification you will find it very difficult to find a job in this sector, so if you are looking for cadet opportunities or you already work on yachts and want a job in a boat larger than 24 metres, you will have to consider getting yourself onto an appropriate course.
When working at sea you don’t have the luxury of an ambulance or a hospital down the road should things go wrong, and working with the engines and on deck in all weathers isn’t exactly risk free, which is why it is so important that you learn the basics of first aid and sea safety, even if you have been around boats your whole life. Without having to take responsibility in an emergency situation no one can really know how much they actually know, and what the appropriate way to react should be.
The STCW95 qualification is intended to ensure that you have all the knowledge that you will need for any emergency situation that could arise, and it is an internationally recognised qualification that is legally required for any one working on board larger boats. You will learn personal safety and social responsibility, fire prevention and fire fighting skills, personal survival techniques and basic first aid.
This particular qualification will be an integral part of many other training courses and qualifications, so if you are already registered for a nautical course of some kind you should find out from your provider if the STCW95 modules are included. If you’re not then consider getting yourself enrolled on a course and prepare yourself for a career on the waves.
Training is an incredibly important part of any enterprise, and can make the difference between success and failure. Without the proper training, new employees can damage a company through mistakes that could have been easily and inexpensively avoided. A lack of training can also ruin efficiency, which is bad enough in an office, catastrophic in a restaurant or factory, and deadly in the security sector or armed forces. Good, coherent, effective training can help prevent most of these dangers, be it in-house training or sourced externally.
But it’s not just the training of new staff that can be important. Training should be employed to bring experienced staff up to date with the latest relevant developments in their sector, industry and area of expertise. This benefits both the employee and the company: the employee gains the satisfaction and sense of achievement inherent to building a career, and the company gets the rewards of investing in its employees that come from loyalty and dedicated service.
On an individual level, training can provide those with a desire to switch career path, or advance themselves in their current career, with the necessary skills to make those changes. It can also allow people whose circumstances change suddenly to retrain with new marketable skills that will allow them to continue working, an important source of self-worth and self-respect.
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