Launching Monday 07/03/22: Creative Careers Week!
A week of employer talks, panel events and career workshops for all students and graduates interested in working and freelancing in the creative industries, culture and heritage.
Book online at https://careers.kent.ac.uk/
Creative Careers: Year in Television and Online Broadcasting, Monday 7th March, 12noon -1pm
Do you want to create eye-catching videos for television or online? Do you dream of a career in content creation or TV? Take your first step with this unique year-long programme based at professional television station KMTV, right here at the University of Kent. Our students build careers and are appointed to non-entry level jobs in industry. They go on to work on documentaries, technical roles, presenting and even interview A-list celebrities like Will Smith and Zendaya. Join Channel Director Andy Richards to find out how KMTV could open up opportunities for you, that once seemed out of reach.
Creative Careers: Creative Access Showcase, Monday 7th March 5pm – 6pm
A virtual high visibility event with a panel of creative professionals and alumni from Creative Access to share their creative journeys, what their current roles entail, top tips and guidance. This will be designed to appeal to all students, not only candidates from Black, Asian and diverse ethnic groups, disabled people or those from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds. Typically, this will be speaker introductions, panel discussion followed by Q&A. Creative Access will arrange a representative to host 3 panelists including Creative Access and University of Kent alumni spanning the creative industries, with varying levels of experience.
April Brown – Programme Manager, Creative Access
April specialises in developing and managing inclusive, multi-disciplinary programmes for emerging creatives. She holds an MA in Arts & Cultural Management from King’s College London and has worked with a range of organisations including Somerset House, Tate, LIFT and Theatre Royal Stratford East. She is committed to supporting diverse talent to flourish.
Rami Kadri, Digital Marketing Manager – MUSIC
Rami is a Digital Marketing Manager with over eight years’ experience in the music industry and runs her own digital marketing agency – Two Tabs Social. She has led on a number of ground breaking social campaigns including two of the biggest and most successful artist campaigns across the Sony Music group for Little Mix. More recently she has worked with artists such as Ms Banks, Pa Salieu, Potter Payper, Loski and Ivorian Doll as well as companies including Warner Music, 0207 Def Jam, LiveNation and Since93. Rami studied Criminology and Social Policy at the University of Kent.
Lydia Hamilton-Morl, Programme & Digital Editor, ITV News – TELEVISION
Lydia has spent eight years working in television news, travelling around the British Isles with ITV, after studying Journalism at the University of Kent. She currently produces ITV Border’s flagship six o’clock news programme, Lookaround, leading a team of journalists to create bold and distinctive TV news programmes and online content. She strives towards creating an inclusive workplace and providing her audience with diversity in storytelling.
Alisha Artry, Neighbourhood Theatre Producer at Young Vic – THEATRE
Alisha is a Creative Producer from South London and advocate for change through the arts. She has been working in Theatre since graduating from the University of Kent with a Drama and Film degree. She has worked in Participation at the Lyric Hammersmith, Frantic Assembly and is currently the Neighbourhood Theatre Producer in the Taking Part department at the Young Vic. Alisha is the Co-Founder of the producing company Sculptress working with talent to cultivate new and exciting stories to share with audiences.
Creative Careers: Creative CVs, CES Workshop, Tuesday 8th March, 11am – 12noon
This presentation will cover the do’s and don’ts when it comes to a CV for the creative industries, including what to include, how to structure a CV and how to make an impact!
Creative Careers: Writing for a Living and Getting Published – Alumni panel event, Tuesday 8th March, 1pm – 2pm
Join a panel of alumni to find out about their experiences of writing for a living and getting published.
Rosa Furneaux, BA English and American Literature, now working as an Investigative Health Journalist, at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Luke Chapman, graduated in 2020 with a BA in Music Technology and now works as a freelance writer, journalist and digital marketeer
Jill Petts Graduated in 2015 with a BA in English and American Literature with Creative Writing, recently published her first novel ‘White Scar’.
Jacky King A first 500 Graduate with a BA in English and American Literature and published her first book ‘A Cake for the Gestapo’ in 2020.
Study Plus LinkedIn Headshots by Matt Cook, Wednesday 9th March, 9.30am – 4pm
A professional looking LinkedIn profile is an essential aspect of enhancing your chances of securing graduate employment.
The Careers & Employability Service is offering students the chance to have a professional portrait taken by Matt Cook Photography, free of charge, which can be used for their profile.
Creative Careers: What makes a strong creative portfolio? Wednesday 9th March, 1pm – 2pm
Join Sam, Leo & Andrea in this relaxed panel chat about their experiences interviewing & mentoring entry level creative talent.
They will also share their portfolio ‘Do’s & Dont’s list’ and share answers to some of the questions they get asked the most.
There will be plenty of time for Q&A at the end so come ready with your questions or send them to us ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sam Fairbrother | Sector: Graphic Design | Senior Designer at P&W and Founder of Tern Heads
Paul Butler | Sector: TV, VFX, & Motion Design | Careers Advisor & Industry Outreach at Tern Heads
Leo Young | Sector: Graphic Design | Founder of Good Nugget
Andrea Dona | Sector: Digital Design | Digital Lead at Velocity Partners & Founder of Hotline Design
Creative Careers: How to get a Career in Gaming. Wednesday 9th March, 5pm – 6pm
Hear from our panel of experts about how they got their careers in the gaming industry, their experiences and hear their advice on how to land your dream job in the industry.
Our panel for the event consists of three Uni of Kent Alumni – Ben, Matthew and Bradley who have worked at companies such as Nintendo, Dovetail Games, Splash Damage & Electric Square in a variety of roles from Front End Engineer, Game Designer, Software Engineer and UI Designer. Also joining us is Terry a career changer who now works in 3D Technical Animation by day and volunteers with a gaming charity and works as a stream caster and host for the British Esports Association.
Creative Careers: How to get your first job in the arts – Gulbenkian Arts Centre. Wednesday 9th March, 6pm – 7pm
If you’re wondering how to get your foot in the door with a first job in the arts, come along and hear from a panel of arts employers, including Kent Music, Turner Contemporary and Curzon Cinemas, who will speak about the kinds of entry level roles available in their organisations, what they would be looking for in a candidate for these roles and some top tips and advice for applications and interviews. There’ll also be a chance to have your questions answered.
Creative Careers: How to Kickstart your Career in Digital Marketing with alumnus, Morgan Rodway-Wing. Thursday March 10th 11am- 12am
Morgan studied both her BA and MA in English and American Literature at Kent. She is currently an SEO Executive at digital marketing agency Reflect Digital, having completed an internship there in 2021 through the EP Scheme. In this session, Morgan will share how she started her career in digital marketing without studying marketing, discuss the types of roles that are available in the digital sphere, and share her top tips on how you can get into digital marketing!
Creative Careers: Managing a Portfolio Career, CES Workshop. Thursday 10th March 3pm – 4pm
Many people combine a number of roles into their professional experience.
What is a portfolio career? When might you have one and how can you successfully manage one? In this interactive workshop we explore portfolio careers, their pros, cons and how to prepare.
Creative Careers: Careers in the Heritage Sector, Panel Event. Thursday 10th March 6pm – 7pm
Join us to find out from our panel about working in the Heritage Sector, how to access careers in heritage, the roles available and skills required.
The panel includes:
Rebecca Nash, Director of the Royal Engineers Museum.
Kaitlene Koranteng, graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology and is now working as an Archivist and Engagement Producer at the Institute of International Visual Arts (iniva) and is Project Coordinator at the Young Historians Project.
Alison Ray – College Archivist and Records Manager for St Peters College, Oxford and Honorary Researcher at University of Kent, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
Kate McCaffrey – Gradauted with an MA Medieval and Early Modern History from Kent and now works as Assistant Curator at Hever Castle.
Heather Newton – Head of Conservation at Canterbury Cathedral.
Creative Careers: Freelancing in the Creative Industries. Friday 11th March 12 noon – 1pm
There has been a significant increase in the number of freelancers working in the creative industries – from film producers, to crafters, writers to sound engineers. Join us at this workshop to find out how to set up as a freelancer, fundraising, pitching for work, developing your brand and more.