The danger of the ‘not for me, not for you’ culture

A combination of the narrowing curriculum, social stereotypes and poor careers advice mean that young people too quickly give up on the idea of entering our on-screen creative industries

In the wake of our first ever careers event for teachers and advisors – the BAFTA Creative Careers Showcase – and following the launch of our new online Careers Quiz, it’s worth asking why BAFTA feels the need to create such events and resources.

Surely the UK – a global creative powerhouse – must have young home-grown talent beating a path to the door of its dynamic film, games and television industries?

Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the story.

Our 2012 Careers Pathway Survey discovered that more than half (57 per cent) of young people have at one time considered working in the film, games or television industries. Yet, each year, thousands relinquish that dream because of inadequate advice and perceived hurdles.

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