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Creative graduates get ready for success this summer

Issue date: 18 May 2010

Workshop leader Emma Collins The University of the West of England is working with Gallery Creative Business Consultancy to run six free graduate-focussed workshops to help people showcase their skills and find work in the creative industries. The workshops are open to all graduates, including UWE students graduating this summer.

The professional skills workshops will be held in June and July with funding from solutions4recession. Solutions4recession spokesperson, Mark Haley said, “We are delighted to help cultivate confidence among those working in the creative industries. The workshops are part of UWE's solutions4recession service, utilising HEFCE's Economic Challenge Investment Fund (ECIF) to find ways of helping individuals and businesses during the recession.”

Rachel Cunningham from the School of Creative Arts at UWE helped to set up the workshops. She said, “These workshops provide a great chance for creative graduates to start honing skills that will help to secure work within the creative industries. At UWE we want graduates to be the best they can when it comes to meeting prospective creative industry clients or employers, showcasing their work and communicating with confidence.

“Valuable tips and guidance will help to give those who take part the edge in this competitive professional environment.”

The creative industry focussed workshops will be led by Emma Collins from Gallery Creative Business Consultancy.

Each half-day workshop is free of charge and takes place from 10.00 until 14.00. The first workshop on Successful Interview Skills takes place on 22 June at UWE's Bower Ashton Campus.

For details of the full programme of workshops call 0117 328 4810 or visit Creative workshops

Editor's notes

For more information on the solutions4recession programme email or telephone 0117 32 86688

Workshop programme

Successful Interview Skills
What really makes an interview great? What makes you memorable and helps you shine out against the competition? In just 4 hours you will be able to clarify what makes you special, you will learn how to prepare for common questions, how to create an “elevator” speech about yourself and learn some top tips for interview success.

Dates: Tuesday 22 June 2010, 10.00 - 14.00
Tuesday 20 July 2010, 10.00 - 14.00
Location: Bower Ashton Campus
Price: Free (refreshments included)

Successful Communication Skills
Communication is not just about talking! This workshop will help you become a much better listener (by learning active listening skills) and you will learn how to build rapport with everyone you meet, helping you to build trust, understanding and successful working relationships.

Dates: Wednesday 23 June 2010, 10.00 - 14.00
Location: Bower Ashton Campus
Price: Free (refreshments included)

Successful Presentation Skills for Pitching
Presenting is a skill that can be learned - whether you are pitching to win work or just to convey your creative ideas. It doesn't matter how good or bad you think you are at presenting - this short workshop will help you crystallize how to plan effectively, help you understand your style and where to improve, and will give you the chance to practice and sharpen your presenting skills.

Dates: Thursday 24 June 2010, 10.00 - 14.00
Location: Bower Ashton Campus
Price: Free (refreshments included)

Successful Networking Skills
Effective networking can result in creating creative industry contacts and opportunities that lead to success. This fun and engaging workshop will help you learn quick and easy networking skills, from simple introductions to how to get away and by the end of the workshop you will have identified your own networks and started to develop a plan to create new opportunities.

Dates: Wednesday 21 July 2010, 10.00 - 14.00
Location: Bower Ashton Campus
Price: Free (refreshments included)

Successful You - what's your personal brand and vision
Do you know where you are going? Do you know what's unique about you? This 4 hour workshop will help you clarify your own vision for your creative career / business and will help you articulate your own personal brand. This includes knowing your own values and how these can be 'lived' to give you stand out from your competition.

Dates: Thursday 22 July 2010, 10.00 - 14.00
Location: Bower Ashton Campus
Price: Free (refreshments included)

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