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Career Advice

My Creative Career – Vanessa Fielding

What is your current role and how long have you been working in it? I am Artistic Director of the Complex and have been since 2010. How did you get to where you are today and what influenced your decision to work in your chosen field? I have always been a theatre director, working freelance…

My Creative Career – Kasandra O’Connell, Head of IFI Irish Film Archive

Monthly career interview with professionals in the creative sector   1. What is your current role and how long have you been working in it? Since 2000 I’ve been head of the IFI Irish Film Archive, which is part of the Irish Film Institute, Ireland’s cultural institution for Film. www.ifi.ie.  The Archive is custodian of Ireland’s…

My Creative Career – Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts

Monthly career interview with professionals in the creative sector 1. What is your current role and how long have you been working in it? I am Chief Executive of Business to Arts, which is a membership-based charity that brokers, enables and supports partnerships between businesses, individuals and the arts. I have been in this role since…

Recruiting Fundraisers in the Creative Sector

In the last year, Creative Careers has seen an increase in new appointments across diverse roles in the arts and cultural sector, however, one area in particular is seeing a significant uplift – arts and cultural organisations are increasingly approaching Creative Careers to help them source philanthropy and development staff to drive their fundraising programmes. We talk…

Retaining Staff and Paying Artists in a Squeezed Creative Sector

A combination of factors – increasing employment, rising rents, an underfunded arts sector and a growing tech sector – will put pressure on creative employers to find and retain good staff. With 60,000 new jobs being created in the Irish economy in 2017 according to IBEC and employment growth figures back at 2007 levels, employers…

Defining the Creative Industry

If you ask yourself ‘Who or what is a creative?’, the first answer that comes to mind is ‘artists’, since their aim is to produce entirely original work – to bring abstract dreams to life through words, material or performance. But there are undoubtedly other people working to bring ideas to life, to create original…

Guide to Creative Internships in Ireland

Things to consider before taking an internship Taking on an internship can be a positive first step towards entering the creative sector; it’s a good option for those who wish to learn, to acquire skills, to make connections, and to explore a possible career. However, the quality of internships vary widely. Some organisations give serious…

Your First Job in the Creative Sector

Your first Job in the Arts – Nobody gets into the arts to get rich. And while many people at the top of their game do make a very good living, be it in artistic, managerial or directorial roles, you should be realistic about your earning potential, particularly in the early part of your career…

What does it take to have a Creative Career?

The creative industries encompass a wide range of activities, some of which rely heavily on public funding, others are commercially viable. A life in the creative industry can range from practising as a full-time artist, writer or performer; as a creative director or manager in the arts or cultural sector; working in a venue, event…

Interview Advice

Great, you have an interview… now what? How much do you know about the creative or cultural organisation you are interviewing for? It should be plenty, and much of the information you need is available online. Here are tips on how to research, get the inside scoop on the culture, and use your connections to…