Discover! Creative Careers Week 2021

Discover! Creative Careers Week 2021 took place online during National Careers Week and introduced over 119,000 students to different careers and workplaces across the creative industries through a suite of digital resources

Image: Lee Smillie, courtesy In-Situ as part of their Discover! Creative Careers Week

Discover! Creative Careers Week 2021 saw over 60 leading figures and companies from across the creative industries contributing towards a rich programme of filmed interviews, workplace tours, live panel discussions and lesson plans, that introduced students to a wide range of roles and creative career options. Companies involved include Ubisoft, Pinewood Studios, National Trust, Royal Opera House, Framestore, Leeds Museums and Galleries, Cockpit Arts, Dr Martens and Kycker.

We're thrilled that despite the various challenges due to Covid-19, over 900 schools signed up to access the Discover! resources with 461 schools taking part during the week itself, with over 119,000 students engaging online.

Each day during the week, a well-known name from the creative industries introduced various sector themes, including TV presenter and furniture restorer Jay Blades and broadcaster, writer and actor, Mim Shaikh. Schools could also take part in a number of live Q&As with representatives from across the creative industries discussing their career journeys. Panellists included Catherine Ritman-Smith, Head of Learning and Skills at V&A Museum of Childhood; Louise Smith, Sustainability Manager on Bond 25; David Evans Head of Production at National Theatre Wales and Nainita Desai, an award-winning film composer whose work includes Bad Boy Millionaires and American Murder.

The resources are still available to view and use on the website now and are organised into five sector themes:


Discover! Creative Careers is an initiative by the UK creative industries to make it easier for young people to find careers in the creative industries. It was originally funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Its 2020/21 funding comes from Arts Council England.

Discover! Creative Careers in National Careers Week 2021 was delivered by Creative & Cultural Skills and ScreenSkills, alongside delivery partners Creative Industries Federation and The Careers and Enterprise Company. It was funded by Arts Council England.