Research your future career - how do I do this?
Once you’ve done some general research into your career of interest, you may want to investigate your sector in a bit more detail. We’ve compiled some resources for you including useful websites, recruitment specialists and professional organisations.
It’s important to remember that these are more than just potential sources for vacancies; keeping informed about industry news will really help you when it comes to answering interview questions and preparing applications that stand out from the crowd.
Placement and Careers Centre (PCC)
Whether you are at the beginning of exploring your career options, or have a good idea about what you want to do, the PCC are here to help. For initial discussions you can come to Quick Query or if you need more time you can book an appointment direct with your Careers Consultant.
Our LibraryThing online resource enables you to browse the reference books available to use in the PCC. Just drop-in Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.45pm and browse the books available.
Research your sector
- European Journalism Centre (EJC) Information site for journalists by journalists
- Hold the Front Page News and views by journalists, for journalists and journalism students with particular emphasis on UK regional journalism
- Journalism.co.uk Online journalism news, jobs
- Journograds Online resource for journalism graduates looking to break into the media industry with graduate level jobs, internships and information on MA courses in journalism. Offers blogs, advice and tips from graduates already working in the industry
- Jump Forward Online community for creatives. Create online profile and portfolio as showcase and search jobs
- LinkedIn for Journalists Group The official group for professional journalists who want to learn how they can get the most out of LinkedIn. Group discussions focus on tips and tricks that reporters, editors, producers and freelance writers can use to help them find story ideas, sources and scoops via LinkedIn
- London College of Communication Part of the University of the Arts, London
- Londonfreelance.org London Freelance Branch of the NUJ. Sector news, rates for the job etc
- Media Week Jobs, features, reviews, comments in this sector
- MedComms Networking Download the guide to geting started in medical communications from academic to medical writer. This guide focuses on the role of the Medical Writer in medical communications agencies
- News Associates Accredited training for journalists from their newsrooms in London and Manchester
- NS (Newspaper Society) The voice of Britain's regional press, with links to UK newspaper websites
- Press Gazette Journal for journalists. Has job listings, freelance directory and details of journalism training courses
- Print Week Journal of the printing industry, with news, features, technical information, jobs
- The Week A digest of the British and overseas press
- Women in Journalism Networking, campaigning, training and social organisation for women journalists who work across all the written media, from newspapers and magazines to the new media
Sources for vacancies
- Gorkana Jobs Jobs in journalism covering wide range of sectors including banking, consumer PR and consumer publication, corporate communications, marketing/research, nationals, newswires, online and PR agency
- Guardian Jobs Find the latest media jobs including work in journalism and digital media. Sign up for jobs by email
You may find vacancies here, but you can also use these links to increase your knowledge of your chosen job type.
- British Guild of Travel Writers Organisation for travel media professionals - travel journalists, guidebook writers, editors, photographers and broadcasters
- British Journalism Training Council Partnership of main employers in the UK broadcast industry and associated course providers: BBC departments - news, nations and regions, training; ITV News Group; ITN; Sky News; Thomson-Reuters; RadioCentre; APTN; NUJ; Skillset; plus associated members - over 30 colleges and universities (more than 50 relevant courses)
- Chartered Institute of Journalists Professional body for journalists, including legal advice on employment and related matters, professional networking opportunities
- Medical Journalists' Association Members are over 400 of the UK's leading medical and health journalists, so this is also the natural point of contact for anyone wanting to employ a writer with specific expertise
- National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Administers training for journalists in the UK
- National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Union for journalists in the UK
- Sports Journalists' Association (SJA) Association for sports journalists, about sports journalism - training and sector news