All the fun of the Festivals – and great for developing skills and experience too….

festivalOne of the reasons you may’ve chosen to study here at Edinburgh (as well as being a great university of course) could’ve been because of Edinburgh’s renown as a festival venue – there’s a festival to suit most tastes, across many seasons. However, the majority of the festivals occur in the summer months, and many are looking to recruit staff now!

Not only is working in the Festivals a great way to earn money and be part of world-famous events, it can also be great experience if you’re interested in working in Arts Administration, PublishingJournalism, Events management, audience engagement etc, (and you’ll find grads from all the PPLS disciplines working in these areas)

For example,  the Book Festival are advertising for Office and Administration Assistants , with a variety of contracts available between June – August.

To be successful you’ll need :
◾excellent oral and written communication skills,
◾good keyboard and general IT skills
◾strong attention to detail

– bread-and-butter skills of a PPLS student, plus experience in a customer-facing environment (many of you’ll have retail or hospitality-type experience too).

So if you want to be around book-people and have time to spare over the summer – get your application in before 28 April 2014 at 17:00.

This advert prompted me to look up our information on working in all the Festivals in Edinburgh over the summer – yes, we did the research so you didn’t have to – the Book Festival’s just one of the many! Take a look at our information on all the summer festivals, and the opportunities they give you to develop your future career in a wide range of areas – plus earn money of course!

And if it’s journalism you’re interested in, try getting experience with journals such as Fest, which appear over the Festival season. Fest was started by 2 Edinburgh grads in 2002, and one of these pioneers, Helen Pidd, now works for the Guardian, a great example of where your Festival experience can take you.

Use our online information for help with your applications and interviews, and read our advice on tracking down unadvertised opportunities too, in case the area of work you’re interested in recruits in this way (many media-related areas do).

So take advantage of all Edinburgh has to offer over the summer, to earn money, be part of world-renowned events, have fun, and gain valuable experience for your future.

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