3 May 2019
Creative alumni support careers event in London
On Wednesday 1 May, over 100 students travelled to the Loughborough University London campus for the annual Creative, Marketing and Media Industries careers event to hear from industry experts.
Alumni from a range of backgrounds, degree disciplines and organisations supported the event by giving guest lectures and advising students on their portfolios.
Keynote speaker and sponsor of the event, Chris Lee, is the Chief Financial Officer of Jellyfish, a digital marketing agency.
Chris, who graduated from the School of Business in 1994, gave an insight into the world of digital marketing, setting up a business and shared some behind-the-scenes facts and figures. Students were interested to see case studies from the agency, including examples of work for clients such as Uber, Clarins and Asos. He encouraged students to “go into an industry that’s growing” and was keen to point out that “there are no digital veterans”.
Alumni from Engage Digital Partners, MullenLowe Group, Wall Street Journal and Above + Beyond all contributed to sessions on marketing, audience and sports media during the day.
Other alumni volunteers included Esther Malkinson (English and Drama 2016) who delivered a session on theatre. She shared her experiences as a freelance Stage Manager and encouraged students to engage in societies to build knowledge and experience.
BBC Radio Kent sports commentator, Benjamin Watts (English and Sports Science 2012), gave hints and tips for gaining work experience and breaking into the industry. He discussed freelance work and shared commentary anecdotes as part of his session.
A workshop from alumni Martin So (Graphic Communication and Illustration 2016) and Greg Carter (Illustration 2016) gave students the opportunity to pitch a social media plan for an upcoming film. The alumni have experience in promotion for television and film across a range of social media channels.
Amongst many employers, alumnae Natalia Abramovich and Aiza Cheung (Graphic Communication 2008) and Victoria Robinson (Retail Management 2009) all participated in portfolio reviews, offering advice to students on their work. The sessions enable students to bring along their work to be offered valuable advice from industry experts and to have conversations about careers.
Thank you to all our alumni who kindly contributed to the event.
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Pictured: Chris Lee
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