The life of freelancing often appeals to those who dream of a little more variety in their working lives. Contrary to the image of someone who rises late and spends the working in their dressing gown, freelance work requires daily dedication to completing work on time and finding the next commission. Those new to the game can give themselves a head start by obtaining the relevant qualifications.
The easiest way to snag freelance writing or nominal journalism work is via networking. The majority of the more successful freelancers will have spent time working at a newspaper or magazine, building up contacts in the process. For those going straight in at the deep end, it can help to show that you have had at least some training.
Most professional journalists consider a three-year undergraduate degree in journalism as being a little excessive. Better advice is to obtain a first degree in a specific subject – say biology – and then go for a postgraduate diploma or masters in journalism. This way you will be able to target a specific market – for example, science writing.
Cross specialisms will any budding journalist far more employable and none more so than being proficient in a second language. The best way to learn another language is to be fully immersed within the culture and there is no better way to do this than to attend a language school in a country that speaks the language, so whether students want to learn French in France or German in Germany, there are schools that can meet all of their needs.
Working as a freelance teacher is immensely rewarding. While it’s possible to get posts as temporary teaching assistant with little or no qualifications, most positions will require evidence of teaching ability and knowledge.
Most freelancing language teachers start out by doing a short TEFL (teach English as a foreign language) course and teaching abroad. Others study more comprehensively with providers such as ESL – Language Schools. No matter which country you want to teach in, a teacher’s skill and ability are paramount, so it’s important to choose the right course.
The proliferation of computers means that IT freelancers are always in demand. The technical nature of the role means that qualifications are something of a necessity. To become successful, freelancers should target specific markets. The Chartered Institute for IT provides a number of training opportunities for those interested in everything from IT security and business analysis to software development and data center management.
Working as a freelance events manager is a fun, albeit stressful, job. While it used to be that clients could be secured by the freelancer’s force of personality alone, many events managers have the qualifications to back up their bluster.
A degree in events management is always a good start. For those who already have a bachelor’s degree, establishments such as the University of Westminster offer a postgraduate conference and events management course. City University in London offers short courses in major event management.
Events management gives a freelancer the opportunity to travel. Coordinating events across Europe and beyond can be an amazing experience and as long the skills requirements are met, then it is well within the freelancer’s grasp. A second language is a must for most international roles so for more information on available language programmes, visit the ESL Schools Twitter account. Until then, have a Merry Christmas and hope that our economy will start hiring again soon.
A second language is a must for most international roles so for more information on available language programmes, visit the ESL Schools Twitter account.