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Drama is a gateway to many different careers and jobs. Your child could be training for a career in theatre or on TV / film as an actor, director, designer or administrator, but, equally they might train for any job that requires you to speak, present, organise, think, plan, discuss, work as a team and so on. In this edition we explore exactly where drama can lead.
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What workplace skills does drama develop?

Creativity: Being creative is a useful skill in many areas. Graphic designers need to come up with creative concepts for everything from websites to product labels. Playwrights need to find creative and engaging ways to tell stories to audiences.

Communication: Being able to clearly explain ideas is essential in the workplace. Architects need to explain their building plans to a construction manager. Or you could be a speechwriter for a politician where you need to clearly explain key policies.

And one you might not have thought of...

Innovation: Being able to see something differently is a very useful skill. Engineers need to apply innovative thinking to all kinds of problems. Entrepreneurs, meanwhile, need to have an innovative product or service to help them stand out.

What jobs can you get with drama? 

Actors bring characters on film, TV, radio and the stage to life. Choose A-level drama and theatre (or equivalent) or a BTEC National in performing arts.

Drama therapists help people with their feelings and emotions using performance arts. Apply for a degree in performing arts, drama or a psychological health-related subject. Students then need to complete a two-year postgraduate course in drama therapy that’s accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council to qualify.

Set designers design and create the settings for films, plays, TV shows and commercials. Apply for a degree in theatre design, fine art, interior design or 3D design.
Apply for an apprenticeship... or go to university? 

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships for students who want to pursue a drama career include broadcast production assistant, creative venue technician, assistant technical director (visual effects), arts therapist, broadcast and media systems technical operator, cultural learning and participation officer, live event technician, outside broadcasting engineer, and photographic assistant. 

University

Over one-third of performing arts graduates in 2017 found work as arts, design or media professionals. Related jobs they secured include theatre aide, actor and artistic director at a theatre company. Education, along with marketing, sales and PR, are the other industries performing arts graduates are likely to find work in. Self-employment is common, with 25.4% of graduates working for themselves. Performing arts graduates are expected to be enterprising.

What did drama do for them?

"I studied drama and theatre studies, business and psychology. A-level drama gave me the confidence and ability to speak to large audiences in a clear and consistent way. This has helped me when presenting my work to senior stakeholders."
—Jade, marketing apprentice, Sky
"I love to see an empty stage change into something completely unexpected and different over the course of a day or two. I also really enjoy getting to work in such a creative environment."
—Olivia, technical theatre apprentice, National Theatre
"Having a basic understanding of drama and how things are staged helps me see how to make the audience’s experience better. But I’ve found that the confidence and communication skills I gained help me in my current role more than the acting or directing-based content of my drama course. I’m able to present myself well and talk to people professionally."
—Amy, stage apprentice, Chichester Festival Theatre
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Success at School Team

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