Students gain industry insight from top creative companies

"It's an important time for students and hopefully this provides some optimism to go out there and fight for a place in the industry."

Ian Mackinnon, Mackinnon and Saunders

Creative professionals visited Staffordshire University this week to offer students first-hand advice as they prepare to forge careers in the industry.

Following last year's popular Creative Networking Breakfast, professionals from a range of businesses including advertising, animation, technology and design were welcomed onto campus to meet students and see the Art and Design degree show.

Ian MacKinnon, co-founder of world-renowned animation company Mackinnon & Saunders, opened the degree show last summer and attends the networking event every year.

"I think it's good for the students to meet industry folk and actually find out what's happening in the outside world. It's an important time for them and hopefully this provides some optimism to go out there and fight for a place in the industry." he explained.

"Last year we worked with a graduate from the university who was fantastic so hopefully we'll get an equally talented crop of students this year."

Jonathan Garvey, who has just completed his first year of the Stop Motion Animation and Puppet-making course, decided to get a head start and begin making contacts before he graduates. He said: "It's been a great opportunity to network and mingle with industry professionals. It's really useful get an insight into the industry, get tips and build up contacts."

Advertising and Brand Management student Jack Gregson added: "I'm just about to graduate and am looking to make connections that could help me find a job. This is a really big help for students because it's hard to meet people and make those connections on your own."

The event was organised by the University's Careers Network which offers support for students throughout their studies ranging from CV building, interview training and assessment tools, to work shadowing opportunities and the chance to get work experience and temporary jobs from the University's recruitment and employment agency, Unitemps.

Head of Art and Design, Elizabeth Kealy-Morris commented: "This event is exactly what is needed while the degree show is on because we can bring industry professionals in to see the fantastic tudent work and they can discuss future placements or future employment."

"I've also been discussing how we can develop our courses to meet the skills and knowledge needed within the industry because employability is absolutely key."

Find further information about recruiting students and graduates from Staffordshire University on the Unitemps website.

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