And so it begins… 

After endless lists and spider diagrams, I’ve finally managed to form a suitable working title for my dissertation and completed my initial essay plan. It’s due to be handed in tomorrow; it won’t be graded, but it will form the basis of my first individual tutorial for my dissertation. I’m a little nervous that I’ve missed the point entirely as it all looks relatively simple when I look at the chapter explanations in black and white. Thursday afternoon will reveal all, until then I have to turn my attentions to the next hand in. Deep joy… 

Dissertation

As a final year degree student I am to research, design and produce a dissertation based on the research question I have chosen. At this early stage of the process I am looking at the area of stage management and music festivals, and the transferance of skills from theatre based training courses into the festival industry.

Whilst I am yet to fully define the question I will be answering, I know the area in which I wish to research and will continue to do so until a question becomes apparant.

That was earlier,  before a light bulb moment over a cup of tea with friends in the evening.

Whilst discussing the recent opportunity I had to gain paid experience as part of the production crew on Freedom Festival earlier this month, I explained how my details had been passed on to the Production Manager from a PM of a previous job I had worked on. The process of it being ‘who you know, not what you know’ is rife in this industry, and that twanged something in my head. I pondered the notion that while professional qualifications have their place in any industry, are they of greater, lesser, or similar importance and influence to the solid experience and professional contact base, built up over time, when it comes to securing work. How much professional progression comes from contact details being passed on and recommendations being made, compared to positions secured by the traditional method of a qualification filled CV? A notepad and pen were pushed across the table and I began to write…

I have a dissertation session later this afternoon and it seems I have a strong contender for my question. It’s a subject which will hold my interest and would also be beneficial to my own professional progression.