Universities not much support, say freelance creatives

Universities and colleges do not appear to be doing enough to support creative freelancers who studied with them, an industry report suggests.

Asked whether they felt their educational institution had supported them in their independent career as a creative professional, fewer than one in four freelancers said that it had.

The Creatives Industries Federation, which posed the question, said that the response was not surprising, as the courses (90% of respondents had degrees or higher) did not directly relate to their creative careers.

Moreover, some of the 700 respondents quizzed by the federation said they had “no expectations” of their education institution supporting them when they qualified or graduated.

But other creatives offered up ideas of how support from higher and further education could be improved, particularly at the start of a self-employed or freelance career.

Free working space, business mentoring and networks or networking, including initiatives to bring graduates together at regular intervals, were among the creatives’ suggestions.

And they also made recommendations in four areas relating strictly to freelancing, which they said were not addressed by their university or college but should be “priorities.”

The four are; ‘business skills’ especially tax and registering with HMRC as self-employed; an understanding of intellectual property law; work planning and how to raise funding.


22nd August 2017

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