12th August 2019
Trainees on the current Film Trainee Finder programme were given handy hints on how to network at an event on the benefits of self-promotion.
The interactive afternoon session began with a discussion of the experiences trainees had so far when connecting with other professionals, with some expressing that networking events are a cause of anxiety.
Following this, trainer David Thomas introduced the meaning of networking, saying that: “Networking is about making connections and building relationships over time, it is about feeling part of a community.” He clarified that there is a difference between socialising and networking, stressing that while friendship is not essential when networking, mutual professional respect is.
Trainees were challenged to think of the face-to-face networks they are already a part of, before the discussion switched to how best to approach new people at events and tips for preparing for one-on-one meetings with someone more senior. Finally, the session explored how professionals can present themselves well via social media and emails.
“The workshop was filled with helpful information,” production office trainee Medwyn Roberts said. “Networking and branding are difficult subjects to get a clear picture of, but David really helped us to navigate the dos and don’ts.”
The workshop is one of a series of training sessions offered during the Film Trainee Finder programme to help the trainees prepare for successful careers in film. Trainee Finder is a paid placement scheme which matches trainees with productions to gain proper on-the-job experience.
The 2019/20 trainees are currently being placed on film productions across the UK in departments including production office, locations and edit. Productions that are interested in being matched with a trainee can read more about Trainee Finder of download the Film Trainee Finder FAQs for productions (PDF).
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