My Career Action Plan
Name: ___________Stefan Constantinou_________________
School: _____________Acland Burghley School____________
A Career Action Plan helps you to focus on your goals and plans for the future. It helps you to work
out how you are going to achieve what you want relating to school, work and life. A Career Action Plan
lets you apply your skills and knowledge to successfully move into your preferred career.
Personal characteristics – this will help you work out what your skills are
My current skills and abilities
(Things that I can do well, use your skills
profile to help)
I feel I‟m very skilled in taking charge and making positive choices for
the future. I also use time very productively and stick to schedules
ensuring all deadlines are stuck with. I‟m good at communicating with
others, especially in a work environment, being a good listener also
helps this. I find being an active listener is important, as being able to
engage in a conversation well is something I‟m good at and is vital.
I‟m a „people person‟ which people find very positive in a work
environment, as well as being able to work co-operatively and be a
„team player‟. Being good at editing and filming is very beneficial in
the area I want to get in to. Typing at a fast pace and being computer
literate is useful as being on a computer is something that I will
hopefully be doing. It is vital to have telephone etiquette, as being
professional is key in this business.
My current experience I‟ve worked with ITV in 2013. I got a first hand look at the
advertisement department and learnt how they‟re broadcasted and
how money is spent. I had one on one talks with numerous people
with experience in their department telling me what they do and how
it affects the company. Experience I also gathered there was in the
broadcasting room, I got to see all the technical equipment in the
broadcasting room and watch the ITV News be rehearsed and go out
live. I also got to visit the television studio for the ITV News which
allowed me to see what is green screened and why, as well as being
spoken too by the leading camera operator and being able to briefly
use the professional camera used for real broadcasts.
I have filmed performances at The Shaw Theatre in Kings Cross, this
was very fun and challenging as it involved being on my toes and
filming something important and mistakes were not acceptable
(working under pressure).
I was apart of a project making an Autism Awareness video, which
took a lot of effort and had to be dealt with professionally.
My career interests – what kind
of jobs/careers are you interested in and
I am interested in a variety of different jobs as I‟m pretty skilled in a
variety of area. Specifically, I would say I‟m interested in camera
operating as I am experienced behind camera and have experience
using different ones. Being an editor is also an ambition I have as I
have edited many different projects, which turned out successful.
Jobs identified – what jobs have
you chosen to explore and why?
Camera Operator – Beingresponsible for physically operating the
camera and maintaining composition and camera angles throughout
a given scene or shot is something I find I‟m able to do and can be
Editing –Using footage, selecting shots and combining them into
sequences to create a finished motion picture is something I‟m good
at and I find artistic to do as it involves a lot of creativity.
Websites used for job
Other websites that you
You will show clearly show how your personal skills can best be used in the film and TV industries. –
YOU MUST DISCUSS AT LEAST 3 DIFFERENT JOBS YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED.
My career choice
Job Choices -
what jobs have you
chosen to explore and
Music Editor/TV Programmer – This seems like something I would be good at as
I love all pretty much every genre so I won‟t dislike whatever work I am stuck with.
The job insists/requires that the applicant has a solid understanding of new trends
in music audio and/or video and how this ties in with multimedia and on-line
activities. I feel I am very mainstream and up-to-date with recent music and news
and often am the one showing people what‟s new. This job seems like something I
would very much be interested in as it involves editing and being involved with
keeping updated on new releases and actually being involved in them.
Video Editor/Camera Operator –This seems like something I would be good at
as I love being behind a camera and deciding which shots would be good and
creating meaning behind each shot. I have experience behind a camera and have
filmed a variety of projects. I also have experience editing a lot of projects, which is
also what the job entails. The job requires that the applicant will be looking after
our postproduction, but they‟re not just looking for an editor. They want someone
who can contribute creatively to our projects; who can work closely with our
clients; who can help out on shoots when the need arises; who can look after the
updating of our website and social media.
Producer – This seems like something I would be good at as the job involves
producing filmed content and events, I would be good at this as my organisational
skills are good and I would ensure all work is kept up to date and to schedule. I will
also have to design and work from creative briefs through to the final project. I
have experience in being a leader in a group and working collaboratively which
this job involves a lot of. I‟ll have to work closely with the Digital Content Manager
to film and edit content and events and the Content Team to ensure all
assignments, events and projects are resourced and supported. This is something
I would be fully contempt and comfortable doing.
Look at PERSON
for each job
Music Editor/TV Programmer – Must be organized and able to maintain a
system with hundreds of soundtracks per production. Both composers and music
editors require a strong sense of hearing to detect tonal changes. Likewise, they
each need effective communication skills to instruct musicians and discuss ideas
with senior staff. Must have an expert knowledge of how music is constructed,
recorded and performed. They must also have knowledge and understanding of
how music can affect images and create drama, as well as an encyclopedic
knowledge of pop and classical music. A working knowledge of computer editing
software is also required.
Video Editor/Camera Operator – The job would require strong working
knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects, which I think I have.
Having camera/sound/lighting training or experience and incorporating a range of
equipment, I feel my experience in these area will allow me to fit adequately in this
job role. Good understanding of the corporate video market is essential.
Producer – The requirements for a job like this is open to a lot of
people/graduates, but to increase my chances to get the job I would have to have
done a degree in communication and media studies, photography/film/television,
ICT/multimedia or broadcasting. These are key to the media industry and will
ensure the person has the correct specifications for the job. The experienced
gained during the degrees is apparently enough to make you a producer.
Duties required =
what do you
need to do in
each of the jobs
LOOK AT THE
Music Editor/TV Programmer- Using a computer software program, Music
Editors lay down all the music tracks, fitting them exactly to the picture, ready for
the Final Mix or dub which they must also attend in order to find quick, creative
solutions to any last-minute problems. To communicate all editing changes to the
Composer in musical terms. For example, if a number of frames have been cut,
the Composer must lose a bar or three beats of the score. Music Editors also
design a “click track” for the film, which is used during the recording of the score to
help the musicians achieve the correct tempo and perfect picture-to-music
• Video Editor/Camera Operator – Receiving a brief, and maybe an outline of
footage and/or a shot list, script, or screenplay. Assembling all raw footage, with
camera shots either recorded or transferred onto videotape in preparation for
inputting into the computer. As a camera operator, they‟ll have to follow a camera
script and floor plans which tells them the order of the shots, and then they would
have to put them to practice and film the shots in correct order. This also involves
working closely with the director during recording, as it‟s his or her creation
coming to life; this physically involves you acting quickly and effectively.
• Producer – Making sure that everyone is doing their jobs so the project is
produced on time within budget, as well as the movie/programme being high
quality and evidently to a high standard. In each section of the project (pre,
production and post), there are different areas of work the producer has to look at.
To start, you‟d have to ensure the script is good enough to attract a director, use
careful planning to determine a location and budget and create a detailed plan of
action for production. Then you‟d move on to handle issues with actors or creative
staff, monitor production timetables and budgets and offer creative suggestions to
the director. Lastly, postproduction involves discussing the order and selection of
scenes with the director (editing), review the final cut of the film after it‟s edited
and finally, works with the distribution for the film.
employers – give
details of the
employers – who
they are, their
nature of their
Potential employers are people who may hire me to work for them in a specific
area as it will have an entitled job role.
Jake Morrison – Polite, nice to talk to, positive vibe whenever you‟re in the room
with him, straight to the point and doesn‟t joke around too much. It would be a
pleasure to work with him in Music Editing as it‟s a key part to the TV/film industry
and could be a fun and challenging experience.
Amber Hilton – Polite, down to earth, very considerate, strict in terms of deadlines
and due in work, interesting and intelligent. It would be interesting to work with her
in Video Editing as I would enjoy doing what interests me and working under a
schedule so that motivates me to do the work.
important dates –
28/05/14 – Jake Morrision – Music Editing
09/06/14 – Amber Hilton – Video Editing
Skills match –
How does your skills
match with each job?
I have experience in each of the job choices I have selected and I have evidence
and confidence that I would do great in either job I select or am fully applicable for.
The skills I possess match the jobs to a high standard due to my experience and
knowledge in the industry.
Skills gaps - What skills
do you need to
I feel I need to develop my confidence in meeting new people and holding
conversations or this could lead to disinterest on your end. Possibly maintaining
eye contact, as that‟s something I‟m not brilliant at dependent on the individual. A
big one in my opinion is speaking in front of a big crowd as I‟m very nervous, I
could overcome this by talking in small crowds and then progressively increasing
the size of the crowd. However, if I am over confident in what I am talking about I
would have much less of a problem.
do you need to
enable you to do this
More social chitchats and conventions so I have more experience talking to
people. Speaking in front of bigger crowds would boost my confidence and
linguistic skills too. Overall, just more social interaction with others would help; this
can be done through getting outside a lot more and just making conversation with
strangers as it gives more insight to how different people react and how to deal
with those sorts of people.
required for each
(e.g. course name)
Music Editor/TV Programmer – Not a lot of training is required for this. The only
possibility is an introduction to the new program/software I‟ll be using to edit the
music. More spare time used making personal music and combining music with
visuals well is something I have experience in and will need to do a lot more of.
Video Editor/Camera Operator – I have lots of experience in editing videos and
operating a camera so experience isn‟t fully necessary. However, in the future I‟ll
need to learn how to use the professional television cameras used to film shows
on channels such as BBC and ITV.
Producer – I would need more organisational skills for me to be successful at this
and willing to meet with people to discuss subjects at all times.
offering courses -
There are many Music Editing apprenticeships that would give me a much better
understanding and more experience of the job. It would involve working as a
production runner, a production assistant, a digital assistant, camera crew
assistant, editing assistant and/or production secretary. This would all be very
interesting experiences that would all help boost the skills I need to be a Music
Editor. This will be available in the upcoming
There is a Television Camera Operating Training course that seems very
interesting and would give me a much better understanding of the technical side of
camera operating. The BBC academy is offering numerous short courses as well.
These will all be available in the upcoming summer.
For what jobs
would they help
The ITV and BBC offer numerous short courses and apprenticeships (work
experience). I myself have done work experience with ITV for a week in two
different studios in August 2013, this was a great experience and I got to see all
the technical equipment and how shows are aired etc. The experience helped with
accountancy, camera operating, video editing, music editing and live broadcasting.
These were very memorable experiences that will benefit me in the future.
However, it was very interesting and I may want to do it again, I have the
opportunity to do so, only the apprenticeship courses at ITV last 12 months and
give recognised qualifications and great experience.
 Goals are things that you want to achieve in the future. They are things that will help you to be
prepared and ready for change at school or in your life. It is important that you think about goals early
because then you can work out how to achieve them. Thinking about goals means that you will be
prepared to study the subjects you like, do the types of occupations you prefer, and keep your future
options open. If you meet a goal throughout the year, set another new one for yourself – maybe a
more challenging one.
 Think about goals that relate to education/training and employment.
For example, an education/training goal might be to hand all school
work in on time, and an employment goal might be to find a part-time
 Think about why the goals you have made are important. For
example, handing all school work in on time means you are developing
time management skills, and working part-time helps you to develop a
 Think about how long it will take you to achieve your goals. Some
goals are short-term which means you can achieve them in a few
weeks. Some goals are long-term which means it might take a year or
more before you can achieve them.
New Education and Training Goals
What is my goal? How will I do it? Why is it important? When will I do it by?
Hand in all school work
Ensure I complete all
the work set as soon as
So I can focus on other
I will continue to do this
throughout the next
Do more out of school
work and activities
Out of school time
studying and possibly
making and editing
short films outside
This will help me get a
wider knowledge of
filming and learn new
ways to do so. Studying
is because it allows you
to learn more than
I will start as soon as
possible as it can be
fun as well as beneficial
New Employment Goals
What is my goal? How will I do it? Why is it important? When will I do it by?
Find a part time job Hand my CV into
numerous places. I will
then have a selection if
the ones that reply say
yes and I‟ll choose the
one that pays most as
well as me enjoying it
Companies hiring like
to see you have
experience working for
a long time.
I will try my hardest to
get a part-time job by
the end of June.
Get as much work
experience as possible
Apply for work
experience and talk to
people I know who
have connections into
BBC and ITV.
Having already worked
in ITV, working in more
businesses like that will
improve my knowledge
of the industry and
make me more
applicable for jobs,
As soon as possible as
contacting them now
will allow them to talk to
the companies now so
it happens soon.
Resources I need to help me
Sources of information There are many sources above in each category
Areas I need to develop to achieve my career choice
characteristics such as
Being good at motivating people – I believe I am good at this
as it is also something you have to do as a producer.
Motivation increases workload, I‟m sure this is something I
would be good at as I‟d talk to the person one-on-one and
sort out what the problem was and give them confidence and
make them comfortable so they can do it, even if it results in
hindering myself to make them feel better and work.
As soon as
Be good at problem solving – Problem solving in this industry
is key as you are definitely going to run into trouble. I feel I
can get a company out of a troubled situation as I‟d think
outside the box and contemplate all possible solutions and
possibly discuss them with a co-worker.
As soon as
(e.g. academic skills and
employability skills such
as organising, learning
and team work)
Understanding the technical processes involved in television
production, including camera, lighting, sound and editing – I
have a lot of experience filming personal short films, filming
with ITV and filming at a theatre in Kings Cross. Lighting and
sound are pretty basic having the right equipment and has
been proven very effective in productions I‟ve been apart of.
Lastly, editing is possibly my strongest point as I have a wide
variety of experience editing numerous projects.
As soon as
Have excellent organisational skills – I feel I‟m very organised
and keep all my work organised to a professional standard.
This is necessary in the industry as keeping things organised
allows everything to run much smoother.
As soon as
Skills, attributes, training can be found on the following sites