Posted on 15/03/2013
Creative and Media Careers Week (4–7 March), the last in a series of themed weeks run by the Careers Service this academic year gave students a fantastic opportunity to network with alumni and employers spanning the creative and media sector.
24 speakers, the majority of whom were alumni, gave up their time to become involved in an exciting programme, representing career areas that included publishing, performing, TV and film, galleries, museums, PR and communications.
In a sector where research has shown that 51% of people found their first job through informal routes (Creative SkillSet 2010), opportunities like these are crucial for students interested in related career paths to make contacts that will help them better understand the sector and maybe even offer work experience.
Politics and Economics student Giedre Mineikyte said “The Communications, Marketing and PR alumni forum organised by the Careers Service was one of the best networking events I have attended! I have made two strong contacts and might be getting work experience from both of them! Moreover, the advice given was priceless.”
Liz Wilkinson, Head of the Careers Service commented on the diversity of students taking part: “It’s important to note that of the 177 students who attended, 17 academic departments were represented, proving that it’s not just students studying arts subjects who are interested in these areas. College-wide events such as these are important in breaking down misconceptions that these careers are only available to those with certain degrees or personal contacts.”
Click here to find out more about the week’s events and the advice given by our speakers on our live blogs and a video recording.