BAFTA Career Pathways Survey

BAFTA Careers Pathway Report

BAFTA Report Finds Insufficient Careers Advice and Identifies Socio-Economic Factors as Hurdles

A new research report released by British Academy of Film and Television Arts reveals that young people are needlessly being discouraged from pursuing a career in film, television or games – with talented young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and women at particular risk of being lost to these industries.

The BAFTA Career Pathways Survey questioned 2,077 young people aged 16-24 and almost 200 BAFTA members about their career decision-making processes and influences.

The report calls on careers advisors and the film, television and games industries to establish cross-industry working groups to tackle specific challenges around advice and resources, work experience, education and skills training, and diversity. The findings will be discussed at a summit hosted by BAFTA on Thursday 15 November where industry and careers experts will aim to identify practical solutions to the issue.

The film, television and games industries employ over 80,000 people in the UK and generate billions of pounds of revenue each year. Although there is significant competition for jobs in some areas, the report suggests that many potential recruits dismiss these sectors for reasons not based on their talent or aptitude.

Socio-economic factors identified as key hurdles

The report also shows that the perception exists amongst teachers and careers advisors that the film and television industries are too difficult to get unless young people are able to survive on low pay. This reason was given by 33% of young people who had once considered a career in these industries, but had been discouraged.

The finding appears to be borne out by the fact that young people were more likely to be studying or undertaking work experience in film or television if they are in the higher AB social grade (22% of film and 19% of TV aspirants) than the lower DE social grade (16% of film and 15% of TV aspirants).

Anne Morrison, Chair of BAFTA’s Learning and Events committee, said:

With increasing pressures on young people making career choices, it is worrying to see that potentially talented future members of our industries are unable to find the right advice to steer them onto this path.

We call on our industries, teachers and careers advisors to equip themselves with the right information about the enormous range of fulfilling careers available – from set design to game design, to visual effects or producing – in order to give the best advice possible to the next generation of talent.

The BAFTA Career Pathways report is available at here.

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