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Creative careers event presents a world of opportunities

Over 140 students, including a significant number from the School of the Arts, English and Drama, the Design School and the Loughborough University London campus took advantage of the opportunity to meet prospective employers at an event dedicated to the creative industries.

Held at Loughborough’s London campus and organised by the University's Careers' Network, Creative and Cultural Industries offered students the chance to gain industry feedback on their portfolios, develop their interview and networking skills, and explore the London campus.

Representatives from 28 organisations including ASOS, IBM Cloud, made.com, Poetry London, ITV and Taylor & Francis attended the event. For employers, it was a chance to meet talented students and raise the profile of their organisation, and to establish relationships with Loughborough University and Loughborough University London. 

William Rolph, a second-year Industrial Design student, said: “Connecting with people in industry was really interesting and I was given some productive feedback for my portfolio.

“It’s easy to forget the reality of the industry, and being able to engage with successful people in a variety of creative fields was really useful. It was also incredibly reassuring and motivating.

“Overall, the event created a really friendly atmosphere to network and gain feedback.”

Andy Selby, Associate Dean for Enterprise in the School of the Arts, English and Drama, said: “#CreateNetworks was established to bring employers, placement providers and alumni of the University together in a vibrant location to meet, inspire and inform Loughborough University students. I've always felt that knowledge-generating events held before graduation make the bridge from education to employment more like a springboard.

“Our aim is to increase the number of events, maintaining the focus around the themes, and to continue working in partnership with organisations to provide vibrant and stimulating presentations, debates and practical workshops. It is testament to our graduates that more than 50% of the employers present were Loughborough graduates.”    

The event opened up a number of discussions around opportunities in London and it is hoped that this will lead to a larger-scale event next year.

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