Experience is highly valued and can give you a taste of what it's like to work in the industry. It can also help you to get practical skills. Getting experience is also a great way to make contacts with people who already work in the industry. Not all jobs are advertised, so your contacts could help you find paid work later on.
You could get relevant experience from:
- editing student or community film productions
- working for an editing equipment hire company
- creating and editing films for charities
- work experience as a runner in an editing facilities company
You can search for film and TV companies to approach for experience through media business listing services like PACT and The Knowledge.