The Next Generation of Freelancers: SAFREA 2017 Student Survey
In February 2017, we conducted a survey for our 44 student members to find out what they need from SAFREA; 17 students responded.
Our results show our student members to be a very self-aware and motivated group. They know what they want and just need guidance on how to get there. They are exploring freelancing as an avenue for self-actualisation.
Question 1: Why did you join SAFREA?
Figure 1: Why did you join SAFREA?
The majority of students displayed an interest in networking with people who can help them once they competed their studies.
Question 2: What is the main reason that you are considering freelancing as an option right after you complete your studies?
Figure 2: Why are you considering freelancing?
Students display an amount of concern about finding a job once they finish their studies, which makes up the majority of the responses received. However, the remainder of the responses indicate that they are self-aware and want to build a career that caters for their unique personality and skillset. None of the respondents chose the “I have no idea what I want to do” option as the main reason for considering freelancing.
Question 3: Do you want a mentor? If yes, what do you want to be mentored in?
Eleven of the students responded positively to this question. They would like mentorship in the following:
- Finding story ideas, pitching and getting published (4)
- Writing skills (3).
- The ins and outs of freelancing (2).
- Invoicing and clients.
- Film directing
- Finding the best media position for me.
- Choosing the best University and course for my needs.
Question 4: What do you want to know the most about?
Figure 3: What do you want to know the most about?
The majority of students display an interest in how to start out as a freelancer with networking once again featuring strongly. This is followed by industry-specific topics (also in line with previous question results), personal branding and rates and fees. “Other” included information on internships, international law and business and what a director does on a daily basis.