Employers scout for creative talent
Employers from Creative Industries across the region visited Staffordshire University this week to scout for future talent.
Professionals from businesses - ranging from film, technology and design - attended at a networking breakfast to meet and offer advice to creative students as they complete their degrees in Art, Design and Creative Technologies.
The visitors also had the opportunity to see the final year work produced by hundreds of students, currently being exhibited in Show and Tell 2015.
Michael McDonald, Business Development Director at graduate company Inspired Film and Video, said: “We’ve employed Staffs graduates for three years running and hope to continue doing so.”
“The networking breakfast is an opportunity for us to speak to interested students and to make the links with their award leaders to make them aware of the opportunities that exist locally for students.”
Mark Price from Bomark Studios, a Shelton-based film production company, has employed several students from the University over the past 12 years.
“I remember one student, who had studied Animation, didn’t have much filming experience but I gave him a chance when someone called in sick. He did a great job and I eventually ended up employing him.”
“To have that eagerness and to be willing to get stuck in is so important. It’s great to see so many students here today.”
Carl Plant, CEO of technology company bITjAM also attended the event.
“We already have a good relationship with Staffs Uni, we’ve worked on projects together in the past, and I’m here today to see what type of graduate they have to offer.
“Even though we’re a technology company we need employees with a range of skills. We need people who are creative and can communicate through visual mediums, and hopefully we might find that here.”
BA (Hons) Cartoon and Comic Arts student Emily Moore, who has just finished her second year, travelled from Warrington to attend the event.
“Even though this is mainly for final year students, I wanted to come along and get a head start for when I graduate next year.”
She added: “It’s a great opportunity to practice networking with people in the professional world and to make contacts.
“I’ve already had one offer of work experience and have been asked to design some business cards so I’m really pleased.”
The Show and Tell exhibition is open to the public until Saturday 20 June. Opening times can be found here.
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