Creative Careers Week attracts influential speakers

Creative Careers Week is back next week, organised by the Careers Service, and including a lot of influential speakers from various creative industries.

Creative Careers Week aims to help students to gain insight to the creative industry. Students hoping to break into the industries of advertising, film and TV, publishing, journalism or even gaming can attend 10 events from Monday to Friday (8 to 12 February).

The workshops, taking place at Career and Enterprise Centre and L1.26 King’s Gate, will involve media organisations including Northern Film & Media and Press Association. Industry experts like copywriter Meg Roberts and journalist James Harrison will be there to share their professional experience.

The week presents a perfect opportunity for students to understand more about the creative and media industry.

The series would begin today with “Careers in Copywriting with The Writer” at 1 pm, where copywriter Meg Roberts from The Writer will introduce what a job in copyrighting involves.

The week presents a perfect opportunity for students to understand more about the creative and media industry.

Following the copywriting workshop would be “Getting into Journalism” from 4 to 8 pm, where a working professional will give advice on how to break into this fiercely competitive industry. Students would also have the opportunity for further questions and networking over coffee and cake.

While it is becoming a fashion for media professional to work freelance, students might also find “Self-employment for Creatives” on 10 February particularly helpful. The workshop is led by Newcastle University’s Rise Up teams, aiming to offer students a chance to explore how to enable and sustain their role and creative practice beyond university.

Due to limited availability, students are required to register to events they are interested in on career service website and arrive promptly to avoid disappointments.

Creative Careers Week is a high profile event which attracts a lot of attention from students with media or other creative majors. One of the most popular events include ‘getting into journalism’, to which over 100 students have already expressed interest on Facebook.

Yosuke Takano, an MA Media and Public relations student, shared that he would like to learn more about how to improve competitiveness and stand out from his peers. He is planning to attend the “Self-employment for Creatives” session.

Since 2011, Newcastle University Careers Service has dedicated a week in February for guest speakers to share their experiences, advice and insight into working in the creative industries. A full schedule of events is available on the Careers Service website.

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