There are two avenues that I’m looking into after completing my degree, I want to look into training for a teaching qualification as well as look into doing freelance photography or screen writing.
PGCE stands for post graduate certificate in education.
PGCE courses are subject specific although the course tends to focus on developing your understanding and ability to teach the subject than actually learning the subject itself.
For this reason you are expected to arrive on the course with all the required knowledge and you are usually expected to have a degree in a related field, although there are exceptions to this.
I’ve looked through various options for teaching qualifications and have settled on the idea that I want to teach 16+ students, specifically in colleges and then onto lecturing.
I have already arranged some work experience with my local college, (Sandwell College) and they are happy to let me have my placement there in October teaching photography. I was able to go for a taster session and shadow the tutors for the day, whilst doing this I was allowed to look over students work as it was the final submission day and help to mark some pieces, later I was asked to photograph the awards ceremony there and meet a few more prospective students.
I have also worked at The Public voluntarily this summer teaching animation and film to students with learning difficulties and children under ten. These were both rewarding experiences as it helped to inform me of which type of students I want to teach and what a typical class is like. I have since applied to Wolverhampton University for a PGCE course that lasts one year and I am waiting for a confirmation of placement for this.
Like most people who start out in business you may well begin, if you feel you have sufficient skills and knowledge already, by taking on freelance assignments or covering news worthy events in the hope of selling it to newspapers or magazines, If you already have experience and knowledge then the chances are you will already have a good collection of your own images. Make sure that these are put to good use by creating a printed or online portfolio so that you can show off the level of quality of your work.
Like many jobs it is not just about having the required skills to do the job, confidence counts for a lot too. You could be the best photographer in the world but without the confidence to approach the relevant editors or image libraries then you will get nowhere. Once you have made your first few forays into submitting work things should get easier. Do not let rejection get you down, learn from your mistakes and move on to the next possibility.
Freelance photography is something I’m going to look into doing in my spare time whilst studying, I will be putting together a portfolio and go out to photograph events. I have already helped Sandwell College and the local press there when they held an awards ceremony as well as working on the Motionhouse project. I may also have the chance you exhibit some of my photography work in a gallery in Leamington and again this is something I’ll be working towards for next year.