Creative Careers Week

6-10 March 2023

creative careers week

Next week is Creative Careers Week at University of Kent, a series of creative career focused events organised by the Careers and Employability Service and open to all students, whether or not you’re studying a creative subject.

Each event offers Employability Points as well as key insight into careers in the creative industries.

If you’re interested in a creative career, or just curious about what that would entail, don’t miss the packed schedule of events. Here’s a round up of what’s going on.

Want to learn more about the creative industries? Head to the Creative Round Table on 7 March 6-8pm in the Gulbenkian Cafe to find out what creative employers are looking for from graduates. The Panel will include representatives from East Kent creative youth charity Pie Factory Music, The Conversation Agency, an agency specialising in philosophical inquiry, and multidisciplinary artist Jemima Sara. The event will also feature a keynote from Re:Generation 2031, a project empowering young people to access creative careers.

Fascinated by creative trends? Creative UK, an independent network for the UK’s creative industries, will be giving a talk on Trends and Insights from the Creative Industries on 9 March from 11am-12pm in KS12. The talk will cover sectors including music, fashion, theatre, film and TV, gaming and VR.

They will also be hosting a walkthrough of their Creative UK Student Membership platform, designed to support and promote the careers of emerging creatives on 9 March from 2-3pm in KS13. Gain access to exclusive videos and advice, opportunities and insight into gaining paid work.

For those interested in freelancing in the creative industries, from film production roles to freelance writing work, there’s a hybrid event on 6 March 12-1pm in KS13 (and online) on the subject of Freelancing in the Creative Industries.

Creative careers week

Or, join the Freelancing Panel on 7 March 12-1pm (online) to hear advice from freelance alumni on how to get ahead in freelancing in sectors including content creation, marketing, podcasting, writing, journalism, and events planning.

Perhaps you’re interested in developing multiple income streams? If so, you’ll want to head to the interactive workshop on Managing a Portfolio Career on 10 March 1-2pm (online).

Thinking about working in Digital Marketing? Join Reflect Digital’s Sami (Paid Media Executive and SEO expert) and Aisyah (Digital Marketing Executive and Kent alumn) at the hybrid event Journeys to Digital Marketing on 6 March 1.20-2.30pm in KS13. They’ll be sharing industry stories and discussing their own experiences getting into the sector.

Or join the Digital Creatives Panel on 9 March from 3-4pm in KS16 (and online). You’ll hear industry stories from experts on how to succeed as a digital media creative.

Creative Careers Week

Interested in a role in film or TV production? Join In Conversation with … Beth Matthews on 6 March 7-8pm (online) to hear from Kent’s BA in Film Studies alumn and Access Coordinator for High-End TV, a role involving advocacy for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent talent in the screen industry.

Fancy a career in the publishing industry? Join the hybrid event Publishing and Bookselling: An Inside Story on 7 March 2.30-3.30pm in KS13, to hear from book industry professional Kate Gunning, who has worked as Head of Buying at Foyles, Independent Bookshops Manager at Penguin Random House, and Membership Manager at The Booksellers Association. Hear her industry experiences and gain insight into a career in books.

Considering a career in the heritage sector? Come along to the hybrid event Careers in Heritage Panel on 7 March 5-6pm in GLT3.

Want to gain a competitive edge in the creative industries? Join the hybrid event on CVs and Cover Letters on 8 March from 1-2pm in KLT6 (and livestreamed) for top tips on updating and presenting your creative credentials.

There’s also a session on Creative CVs on 10 March 10-11am, focusing specifically on how to structure your CV and what to include. This is followed by Write it Right: Make your CV Accessible from 11-12pm in KS13, where you’ll learn top tips on how to ensure your CV fits in a diverse global marketplace.

Or join the hybrid event on Interview Preparation Skills on 9 March from 11am-12pm in KLT5 (and livestreamed).

Preparing for a creative industries career after you graduate? Check out the Career Action Plan checklist to help you get ready for your creative career journey.

Don’t miss out on these exciting career-focused opportunities to learn more about the creative industries. See the Careers and Employability Events Page for more info.