15 months after graduating
93% of our music graduates are in work or further study
Studying music at the University of Plymouth will open a wide range of career choices. You could look at channelling your creativity by pursuing a career in performing, composition (song writing and/or sound design for film or gaming) or working as a music producer or professional DJ. If creating music doesn’t appeal to you so much, you could consider other roles within the music industry such as artist management, A&R (responsible for talent scouting and overseeing the artistic development of recording artists), promotion & booking, managing a music venue, producing music festivals or working as a music journalist. Additional media related roles include radio presenting, marketing and arts administration.
Another popular avenue are the varied roles within music education. If you specialise in a musical instrument, you could be a private tutor working across different schools and colleges or teach music at secondary school level (with a PGCE). Education offers not just the chance to inspire young people to appreciate music, but also community driven initiatives, touring companies and charities can provide the setting to share your passion. Music therapy is also a route to consider if you want to harness the therapeutic power of music and use it to help support those with disabilities or mental health issues. Music therapists work within a variety of settings including schools, mental healthcare providers and charities. If you are keen to work with young people and vulnerable adults, there are also opportunities within youth and community work which specifically use music to unlock their creativity and build their confidence and self-esteem.
Portfolio careers are a common occurrence for those within the creative sectors, particularly music and can provide many opportunities to develop professionally amongst varied settings, to get a feel for what works for you best. Contract work combined with freelancing is a good way forward, such as teaching/ youth work combined with freelance performing. Depending on the environment you think you would like to work in, you could be self-employed. Whatever you choose, your music degree provides you with the unique skills to create an exciting and varied career path.
Researching your career options
With such a wide range of careers open to you as a Music graduate, it is important to make sure you explore and research your options thoroughly so that you can make informed decisions about your future.
Take a look at the Prospects, TargetJobs and the professional associations websites for inspiration:
Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation. For some graduates, these jobs serve as ‘stepping stones’ to professional posts by providing relevant workplace experience.
- Community Music Facilitator And Mentor
- Freelance Musician
- Intern - Learning And Participation
- Music Technician
- Haberdashers Askes School for Girls
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 16 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.