For the third year running, graduate employment is up – and that’s not the only statistic to shout about. Drum roll, please, for the BIMM Graduate Survey 2018…
Flick a plectrum in the modern music industry and chances are, you’ll hit a BIMM graduate as they shoot by in the fast lane. Everything we do here – the lectures, the masterclasses, the work placements, the careers service – has been designed with one black-and-white objective. Getting you employed in the music business. Transforming you from a raw recruit into an industry professional, who’ll land the right job and ride it all the way to the top.
Talk is cheap, and mouthing off like the Gallagher brothers isn’t our style. But every year, when the BIMM Graduate Survey lands, we’ve got the statistics to do the shouting for us. And faced with the latest set of results – achieved by polling a record 1,142 of the students who graduated from BIMM colleges last year – you don’t need to be a data analyst to see that the Class Of 2017 are killing it.
The doom-mongers are dead wrong. With more revenue streams than ever before, the music industry is in the rudest health for ages, enjoying steady year-on-year growth – and The Independent even reporting that revenue shot up by 10.6% last year to rival the boom times of the Britpop era. But the most heartening news is that BIMM is clearly riding the wave of this resurgent industry. For the third year in a row, our graduate employment figures are up, with 86% of our alumni in work six months after leaving us (up from 82%). Even more pertinent, 83% of that number are employed in the music or creative industries (up from 72%), from fast-rising producers like Jules Gulon to hot-tip session men like James Frankland.
That rocketing employment might be the headline, but crunching the rest of the numbers really underlines how BIMM is supporting our students. Amongst our most recent graduates, 66% found work through connections made here, while 88% felt they actively engaged with the music industry during their course (up from 64% and 84%, respectively, in 2017). BIMM is clearly fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, too, with 69% of recent alumni currently self-employed or developing their own creative practice (up from 57%), while 76% took a relevant job to progress their career or gain experience (up from 65%).
Money? The picture looks bright on that front, too, with BIMM alumni earning more than the average salary for a creative arts graduate six months after their course ends. Their prospects for future earnings are strong, too, with 82% of our graduates in employment taking up professional roles (a giant leap from 73% in 2017).
BIMM means business. From superstars like James Bay and George Ezra, to first-call professionals in every sector, we’re a proven springboard into the world’s most dynamic industry. Enrol today – and find out where a course at BIMM could take you.