A new survey of school leavers has found that while over half of school leavers are interested in pursuing a career in the TV and film industry, only 18% believe it is realistic for them.
The research, conducted by AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians), reveals that despite financing, running to schedule and budget being key parts of any production process, two thirds (67%) of school leavers think the only career opportunities are acting and creative roles. Just 4% think finance skills are essential within the industry and 5% think marketing and sales skills are.
The research also found the appetite for off-screen roles is high, with six out of ten (59%) of school leavers interested in knowing about behind the scenes of films.
However, nearly three quarters (71%) of school leavers think the film and TV sector is too difficult to get into unless you’re well connected or know someone.
Sarah Beale, CEO at AAT, says: “Accounting jobs aren’t just in accounting firms. Every business needs to have an accounting function including film, fashion, sport, music, and marketing. There is a huge variety of sectors that accountancy professionals can work in, that offer exciting career paths and open a world of opportunity to young people.”
Holly Tarquini, Executive Director of FilmBath, says: “With many school leavers making decisions about their future careers, it’s really heartening to see that so many are interested in working in the TV and film industries. But we have to make it clear that there are so many valuable skills and different routes into this sector. Finance plays a central role in TV and film in every stage of production, exhibition and distribution. Strong financial skills have been essential to me as a TV producer, a film festival director and as a mentor to others in the film industry. Film and TV is for everyone; not just those who act!”
The research for AAT was carried out online by Opinion Matters throughout 04.08.2023 – 09.08.2023 amongst a panel resulting in 1002 Career starters (age 14-18) and 2,000 UK adults responding.
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