BIMM Means Business – Graduate Survey Results

29 May, 2018

Students at BIMM are showing that hard work, determination, and the right support whilst studying pays off when it comes to employability.

86% of BIMM alumni found work in their first six months since graduating in 2017, and that figure has risen by 4% from 2016, signalling three years of continuous growth. Meanwhile, 83% of those graduates secured roles within music or the creative industries, which is precisely what they set out to do when they commenced their specialist studies.

This great news was released with the publication of our latest graduate survey, which represented a record 1,142 students. The results also underline how we are supporting students through our wide national and international industry links. Among our most recent graduates, 66% report that they found work through connections made at BIMM, while 88% felt they actively engaged with the music industry during their course. Our eight colleges in Brighton, London, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin, Berlin and Hamburg are also fostering an entrepreneurial spirit with many recent alumni self-employed or developing their own creative practice.


“I am delighted to see the increase in graduate success. I am particularly pleased that so many respondents recognise the support and industry connectivity that BIMM gave them whilst they were studying with us.

Vaseema Hamilton, Business Development and Creative Careers Director

Every BIMM college provides a dedicated career and industry team, all of whom offer bespoke career advice, bring in specialist industry guests and set up internships and work experience placements.  Our alumni service provides on-going careers support and enables us to keep in touch with our graduates and helps them to network with one another, as part of a creative community.

Giving our graduates the best possible start as they embark on their careers in music and the broader creative industries has always been the foundation at BIMM.  Each year we review our extensive range of careers support services and re-evaluate our curriculum, to maintain a fresh and contemporary approach. Our goal is that graduates will the best equipped, both as trusted employees and dynamic entrepreneurs and that they will each realise their personal goals and ambitions. These excellent survey results suggest that we are consistently serving them well.  The results also motivate everyone at BIMM to strive even harder to keep our careers services fresh and relevant.”

At BIMM we are riding the wave of a resurgent and robust industry. There are currently more revenue streams within UK Music than ever before and solid year-on-year growth. According to The Independent, revenue shot up by 10.6% last year – proof that the UK music industry is enjoying a boom not seen since the Britpop explosion.

The picture is bright on the financial front too, with our alumni earning more than the average salary for creative arts graduates six months after their course ends. Moreover, their prospects for future earnings are healthy, with 82% of those in employment taking up professional roles (a leap from 73% in 2016).

We are committed to transforming our students from raw recruits into industry professionals, who continually hone their skills and realise their talents.

We mean business and have proven once again why we remain such a significant springboard into the world’s most dynamic industry. Our fully accredited degrees and diplomas, which include modules in areas such as Music Business, Live Sound Technology and Creative Entrepreneurship, have benefited everyone from Tom Odell,  Izzy Bizu, Pale Waves and The Kooks.

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