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New Member, age 20, Media Apprenticships and Jobs advice watch

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    Hi everyone! Just registered here, mainly for some advice to begin with, from people who have maybe been in similar positions...
    Basically I’m 20 in April, I finished my A levels/BTEC Level 3s way back in mid 2014, studying Media, Photography and IT, and was happy with my grades. For many years now I have known that it is Television that I would one day love to work in, as a video/audio editor, cameraman, or other roles I could get my hands on!

    Since my A levels I have been keeping myself busy with driving lessons, passing my test, and with various projects with my father, e.g. building a Summer House from scratch in the garden, restoring vintage technology etc, which can take quite a long time. And of course applying to things! My plan after college was to hopefully get an apprenticeship in Media/Television, or Graphic Design as a backup, as that is something else I enjoy, though I don’t have a qualification in it. I’ve never fancied Uni.
    But has anyone else noticed that the vast majority of Media apprenticeships available tend to be Digital Marketing/Social Media, Business Skills, Administration etc – even the apprenticeships run by the BBC and ITV! There seems to be very few or even none like Apprentice Video/Audio Editor, Apprentice Cameraman etc, at least not where I live! (Manchester, even though MediaCity is only a 10 minute drive away! It appears to be the curse of everything good being in London again, and I don’t fancy living in London).
    Having said that I have applied for a fair few apprenticeships since 2014 that caught my eye including BBC and ITV ones, but have been unsuccessful with all of them, only getting an interview and subsequently a week trial for one of them.

    Despite having studied Media and doing a lot of it in my spare time, one area I feel may be holding me back is real Job experience. I’ve had 2 work experience placements (3 if you count the week trial above), but I’ve never had a real job, mainly because I haven’t really needed one and hoped to get an apprenticeship. I don’t spend much, and have been able to save money I have been given/inherited over the years, don’t get me wrong I’m not loaded though!

    What some of my friends have done is given up with apprenticeships, and got jobs in retail shops/small businesses etc. But as we all know their working hours are often all over the place, which would drive me mad, especially as I’d be doing the job more for the experience than the money. Also I was quite shy when I was younger, and still am slightly now, so serving customers/speaking to them over the phone isn’t something I’m naturally comfortable with. And I haven’t really seen any other decent jobs locally, with many being high level jobs. And with being out of education around a year and a half now, some people (and maybe even employers!) naturally think I laze about doing nothing every day, which is annoying as that isn’t the case!

    Sorry for the life story, but was just looking for some advice for anyone who has been in a similar position if possible?

    what did you do after a levels?
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