How to kick start your creative career whilst still at university
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David Wakeford, Senior Employability Officer at Arts University Bournemouth, offers his top tips to help you land a creative career. When we were younger, most of us harboured ambitions to do something creative when we grew up. Whether this was acting, drawing or designing, we all had creative ambitions. However, when it comes to finding a job and building a career, many of us let our creative aspirations slide. Indeed, according to research we’ve undertaken for Arts University Bournemouth, 63% of people, on reflection, wish they were in a career where they could make more use of their creative skills. That’s a lot of people who are not completely happy with their career choice. With that in mind, here’s some advice to help you when it comes to ensuring you land the creative career of your dreams. Hone your skills Use your time at university to hone your creative skills. Take advice on board, both from tutors and peers. Universities are some of the most creative spaces in the country, so be open to new ideas. I’m constantly impressed with the creative thinking and new ways of exploring different subject matter our students present. Also, don’t be afraid of asking people to show you new things, whether they be lecturers or students. Create a portfolio of your work and keep it updated It is likely you have one already, and you may have even had to submit one to get into your chosen course at university, but don’t neglect your portfolio. Creating a body of work is essential to show off your skills to any potential employer, no matter what area you want to pursue your future career in.
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