If you looking for work, you will find lots of useful information in this section.

Working in the arts

Arts Council England's Arts Jobs listing is a very good starting point when looking for jobs in the arts and culture sector.  

Guardian Jobs is also useful when searching for the latest jobs in the arts, as well as in other sectors.  

Other websites that carry arts jobs listings include:

Working in dance

  • Article19 - includes a section with audition details
  • One Dance UK - includes auditions and jobs
  • DancingOpportunities - information about dance festivals, workshops, residencies, auditions, and internships
  • au-di-tions.com - details of professional dance auditions and workshops
  • The Place - JUICE is an online resource for dance professionals, which includes jobs and audition information
  • London Dance - sign up for free to access dance-related jobs and other useful information including details of classes, workshops, seminars, and calls for submissions
  • Dance Europe - lists audition notices and dance job vacancies
  • The Stage - includes auditions (commercial dance and musical theatre), teaching and education posts, overseas and cruise ships
  • Equity - Equity members can access details of job vacancies
  • People Dancing: The Foundation for Community Dance - jobs in the community dance sector
  • Activate - the website for this theatre and dance development agency for Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole includes a jobs page with vacancies submitted by members of Activate

Working in music

Working in education

TES and Eteach list jobs for classroom teachers, as well as leadership and support roles within schools.  They also list some vacancies for visiting instrumental and vocal tutors. 

jobs.ac.uk is a jobs board for careers in academic, research, science and related professions.

Find information about working as a dance or music teacher via the following links:

Jobs in the public and voluntary sectors

Internships

Some organisations and companies offer internships that enable students or graduates to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular field.  An internship is essentially a period of work experience, usually lasting for a fixed, limited period of time and can be offered on a paid or unpaid basis.  You can find further information about internships on the Prospects website, including information to help you determine your right to pay. 

Arts Council England's Arts Jobs listing is a good place to look for internships in the arts and culture sector.  For internships within orchestral management, you will find a listing in the Jobs section of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) website.  You can search for internships with graduate employers on the TARGETjobs website.  Paid internships are listed on Graduate Talent Pool - a government website designed to help new and recent graduates gain real work experience.

Trinity Laban offers paid internships to graduates. These internships provide a training opportunity for those interested in a career in either the arts or in education. They are offered on either a full time or part time basis for a fixed-term period (usually 11 months) and are paid as per National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates.  Most internships start in September each year and are advertised on the vacancies page of the Trinity Laban website.

Graduate jobs, schemes and internships

If you are looking more generally for jobs and internships with graduate employers, it is worth being aware that many graduate careers do not require specific degree subjects; in fact approximately 40% of all graduate vacancies are open to graduates of ANY discipline. 

To look for jobs and internships with graduate employers, you can try the following approaches:

  • Search online for graduate schemes, vacancies and internships using prospects.ac.uk and targetjobs.co.uk
  • Newspapers are a traditional source of vacancies and most have online vacancy sites as well as recruitment pages; for example, the Guardian Jobs website: jobs.theguardian.com
  • Careers fairs and recruitment events offer you the opportunity to meet potential graduate employers face to face
  • Social media can be used to look for vacancies, particularly searchable sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Recruitment agencies are used by organisations to find people for both permanent and temporary jobs and they can be useful in your job search. You can search for suitable agencies by using agencycentral.co.uk or rec.uk.com (the website of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation).

Looking for work outside the UK

If you are thinking of working in another country you can find useful information on the following websites:

  • TARGETjobs – This website has information about working in various countries. The information covers language requirements, where you can work, job hunting tips, application methods and visa basics
  • Prospects –  This graduate careers website includes country guides covering a wide range of countries

Job application advice

You will find advice on the job applications page of the Trinity Laban website.  The graduate careers websites, Prospects and TARGETjobs, both offer advice on making the job application process, including example CVs and cover letters. 

Promoting yourself

As well as looking for advertised positions, you can help employers find you by creating a profile on LinkedIn and by uploading your CV onto websites – such as Guardian Jobs - that offer employers a searchable database of jobseekers.

Speculative approaches and networking with people who work in the areas that interest you may help you learn about opportunities. By pro-actively approaching prospective employers you have the opportunity to learn more about them, request work experience, ask for advice on your job search and hear about unadvertised roles.

Safety and security when looking for work

It is important that you understand how to ensure your personal safety and online security when looking for a job and going to interview.

You can find advice to make sure you are safe during the job search and application process on GOV.UK. For more detailed advice on safe job searching online, visit Get Safe Online.

If you are offering private tuition or responding to a 'tutor wanted' request, then it is worth looking at the advice on The Tutor Pages relating to personal safety when meeting potential students, parents or carers face-to-face for the first time.  There are also useful tips on staying safe online when advertising your tutoring services on the internet, including how to avoid identity theft and how to spot fraudulent email enquiries.


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