How To Beat Tough Competition And Get The Job You Dream Of

photo: Honey and Silk

 

It’s taken me six long years to finally get a job in the music industry in Sydney, Australia – a job that directly relates back to my university degree of a Bachelor in Popular Music and Performance. I want to let you all know that while it’s hard to get those sought-after jobs, it can be done.

Jobs in the creative fields (think music, film, television, arts, the list goes on!) have always been historically harder to win than those in more traditional working fields (think accounting, finance, law – but kudos to those hard working corporate gals who look fab in suits!). The fact is, every man and their dog want to work for a record label or on a movie set; the competition for these roles is fierce.

The mindset of those who’ve completed a creative degree is different as well. It is so hard to justify all of those student loans and the effort you put into your studies when you’re not working in the field you studied. I know for a while there, I was almost wishing I could go back in time

So how did I do it? I spent the last six years working jobs that gave me a well-rounded skill set. I would often apply for music industry jobs and be turned down (I was pretty familiar with rejection). But persistence is key. Know the industry, know the key roles, know the departments, and know how your skillset can translate into a job. And finally, that perfect role will come along.

It took me a long time, but the sense of achievement is huge. It is such a relief and a weight off your shoulders to know that your degree meant something. And, since you’ve spent all these years working other jobs, you’ve probably got a better skill set than any fresh graduate.

I won’t sugarcoat it – getting a job in a creative industry is really hard but is so, so worth it.

Written by Lucy O’Connor.

 

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