PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMARunning alongside your core programme
Developing your employability is more than just having a good degree. During our research phase, employers told us that what they look for when recruiting staff or freelance contractors is a combination of ‘hard’ skills (music and product specific skills, knowledge and understanding) and ‘soft’ skills.
Graduates with ‘soft’ skills are those who:
- work well in teams
- generate innovative ideas
- are confident and proactive
- have a positive ‘can do’ attitude
- have a range of workplace experiences
Opportunities to develop many of these qualities will exist within your course, but you will also be able to enhance your employability through completing the Resonance Professional Diploma.
Running alongside your core programme, the Professional Diploma focuses on the basic skills, knowledge and understanding essential for a wide range of different roles and encourages you to develop the right attitudes and behaviours for success in the music industry.
The objectives of the programme are to give you a head start as you make your way in the world and to assist you whilst exploring your career options.
The programme is delivered throughout your three years at Resonance via interactive seminars, guest lectures and workshops. A great deal of what you learn on this course will transfer to your main study. Once a year, students will work in teams to resolve a local challenge, e.g. organising a community music festival; producing content for Black Country Radio in raising awareness of a local issue; working with SEND students, and more.
The Professional Diploma will be formatively assessed through a series of workshops, presentations and the submission of a final career plan, which will require students to reflect on their personal and professional development throughout their 3/4 years at Resonance. Students are advised to keep a diary, audio or video blog throughout the course to provide a reference point.
The programme will cover the following key topics:
- Learning styles
- Emotional intelligence
- Creative thinking
- Communication skills
- Building confidence
- Wellness – physical, mental and emotional
- Personal resilience
- Managing stress
- Eat well, be well
- Body language
- Debating and negotiating
- Selling skills
- Project management
- Understanding money and profit
- Creating a business plan
- Strategic thinking
- Developing effective habits
- Working with people: teamwork and leadership
CAREERS GUIDANCE & SUPPORT
In addition to the above, the Resonance team will help you develop your own personal career plan and engage with potential employers, agencies and other sources of employment. This will include:
- helping you prepare your CV
- helping you prepare for interview
- organising work experience and internship projects with our industry partners
- acting as a resource centre for local and national jobs
- organising site visits
- employability workshops
- inviting guest lecturers
- helping you research and analyse the jobs market
- providing practical guidance on starting your own business