Loughborough Alumni


18 Feb 2019

Creative alumni engage in careers events

Seven alumni who work across the creative industries have supported the Creative Careers Weeks over the last fortnight.

The two-week long set of activities, organised by the Careers Network, have given students the opportunity to hear from alumni and take part in question and answer sessions to gain sector knowledge and insight.

Opening the Q&A sessions was alumna Helen Wood. She graduated from Loughborough in 2007 with a BA degree in English, and later with an MA in English in 2010. Helen works locally as a Marketing and PR Executive for DeltaNet International.

Samir Bhamra, CEO of Phizzical Productions, graduated with a degree in Maths in 1999 but pursued a career in the arts world. Phizzical Productions provide dance and drama theatrical productions that tour nationally and internationally.

Samir (pictured below) said:

“University taught me resilience. Everything you ever do is transferable. The skills you play in a sport can be applied in project management and the people skills you learn, you can take and put into a show.”

Students also heard from recent graduate Kes Browne who is currently on a scheme with the BBC. Sharing insight into her role in the media, she inspired others to apply to the scheme. She graduated in 2018 with a degree in Drama and English.

Alumnus Huw Major Janes works locally for deVOL. The 2015 Fine Art graduate has been working at deVOL since graduation and is now their Creative Design Manager, overseeing graphic design.

Khash Faiz is working in UX for Sky Betting and Gaming. Khash gave students the opportunity to hear about user experience and design, in context of his current role. He graduated in 2013 with a degree in Industrial Design and Technology and later in 2014 with an MA in Interaction Design.

Alumnus David Scarborough is the Creative Director at Modern Painters, New Decorators, a local artist-led organisation running a gallery, shop and studios. David graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Loughborough in 2013.

Finally, to close the sessions, alumnus and fine artist Oliver Lovley (pictured) delivered a Q&A session to arts students. Oliver has exhibited his paintings at The National Portrait Gallery, The Mall Galleries and The Bankside. He graduated from Loughborough in 2001 with a degree in Illustration. He had this advice for students:

“Have a reasonable idea of what you can get done in a day. I plan what time of the day is best to be painting, and if I’m not painting, I can do observational drawing, so I know I’m not getting rusty.”

Students from Arts, English, Drama and Design disciplines have enjoyed the opportunity to hear from alumni and other employers over the course of these events. Thank you to everyone who took part.

If you would like to be involved in something similar in the future, please get in touch.

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