Megan Downing


26 November 2014 10:15

Creative Industries Careers Season is back!

Creative-Industries-Careers-Season-1920x1080 This year the Creative Industries team here at SUSU are hosting a bigger and better Creative Industries Careers Season for you! This year we are holding more sessions with bigger names, and now it’s time for you to sign up for sessions. Below I have outlined each of the sessions we currently have on offer (there are potentially some more we will be hosting so keep your eyes peeled on the Facebook event for more information and updates on the sessions that are on offer).

This careers season is put on for you guys to give you some vital skills and knowledge to help in your endeavour to get a career in the creative industries. We are covering everything from TV to Public Relations right through to networking and interviewing. With the help of University of Southampton’s Careers Destinations team we have even managed to put on some tailored sessions to help use your skills gained from the performing arts to get a job, as well as a session dedicated to effective use of social media. Check out the Your Skills site for everything we have to offer; there is definitely something for everyone.

Below I have outlined all the sessions that are currently available, but like I said before, there is likely to be more sessions confirmed!

Keynote from Lohan Presencer, CEO of Ministry of Sound
Thursday 29th November – 4:30pm-5:30pm, The Cube

Southampton alumnus and Ministry of Sound CEO Lohan Presencer has agreed to do a careers talk for students who are interested in getting into the music industry before he switches on the Christmas lights on Thursday. 

Getting Into Journalism: Keynote by Ian Murrey
Monday 1st December – 11am-1pm

Ian is the Editor of the Southern Daily Echo, with a long career in the industry. For those that want to break into the journalism industry this is a session not to miss.

Coffee House Sessions: Post-Show Q&A
Monday 1st December – 2pm-3:30pm

LewRey are a two piece band hailing from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. They have an alternative feel about their music but also pull personally inspiration from artists such as The Script, Coldplay & The 1975. The pair have been together as a duo for only 8 months and in less than a year will have achieved such things as a UK Tour, their debut EP being released on iTunes and performing with such names as DJ Fresh, Huw Stephens & Mike Dignam. The two friends who both met at school cover a range of 5 instruments and are dedicated to creating music straight from the soul.

The boys will be sticking around after their show in The Bridge at 2pm, to have a Q&A with people wanting to pursue a career in music.

An Introduction to PR
Monday 1st December – 4pm-5pm

Come along to a session ran by Wessex Scene Editor Tahlie Cooper about the world of Public Relations. Tahlie has worked part-time for the past two years at a PR agency as well as doing a seven week internship at the end of this summer with a PR company in London. The session will give people that think they might like to go into this industry as chance to learn, first hand, what it is like to work in the PR industry.

How To Run Your Own Theatre Company by Broken Arrow Productions
Tuesday 2nd December – 7pm-9pm

Broken Arrow Productions was founded in 2013 by University of Southampton students’ Alexander Curtis, James A Forster, Lucy Hughes and Nick Barclay. The company is currently run between Directors Alexander, Lucy and James – with support from Joseph Curran, Sarah Divall, Jamie Hemingway and Mike Cottrell. The team are coming along to run a session on how to run your own theatre company, and who better to hear it from than the people that have done it themselves. If you have a passion for theatre and would like to learn about what it takes to run your own theatre company come along to this session. For more information about Broken Arrow Productions visit their website:

Social Media Success – Explore Opportunities and Self-Promote
Wednesday 3rd December – 2:15-4:45pm

A session ran by University of Southampton Careers Destinations’ Rich Carruthers about utilising social media for career success.

Writing The News
Thursday 4th December – 4pm-5pm

Ever fancied yourself as the next big news reporter? Then here is a good place to start. Megan Downing, VP Demcoracy and Creative Industries will be running an interactive News Training workshop aimed at arming budding news journalists with some skills and theory to apply to their work. The session will include some theory that students at University of Southampton often miss out on in the way that the university doesn’t offer an undergraduate in journalism. Make sure you book your place as space is limited. Writer of The Edge and the Wessex Scene are strongly advised to attend.

Networking Skills
Friday 5th December – 1pm-2:30pm

Ever been to a swanky event with industry professionals and ended up stood in the corner on your phone all evening? Fear not, if this is you, we have a session just for you. Networking skills are vital in today’s world. Especially when you are trying to make your way in the Creative Industries. For most people it is a case of ‘who you know, not what you know’ that gets you anywhere. However, we want you to be armed with the skills to work the room at networking events when you can make the most out of the people that are there. This session will help build your confidence to go to events and use the people in the room to your advantage and make some key contacts for your future. To top it all off we will be hosting a Creative Industries Careers Season Networking Event on the evening of Friday 5th December to give you a chance to put those skills into action.

Creative Connections Networking Event
Friday 5th December – 8pm-11pm

A chance to flaunt those networking skills! We are hosting an event for students, alumni and external contacts that are all interested in the Creative Industries, some of which are already working in the industry. Come along and enjoy some free wine and nibbles, but be sure to sign up via the EventBrite link below:

Breaking Into TV Production
Friday 5th December – 8pm-9:30pm

Carly Brown, University of Southampton alumni and ex-SUSUtv Station Manager is here to run a session giving you some tips and tricks on how to get into the wonderful world of broadcast television. Everything from making the most of your student media experience and writing a CV for entry level jobs, to the practicalities of working freelance in television production.

Blogging Networking Session
Monday 8th December – 5pm-6:30pm

An opportunity for local and student bloggers to network and share blogging experiences. This will be a good opportunity for students to gain contacts and learn more about developing a professional and successful blog.

A Masterclass in Editing Video
Monday 8th December – 8pm-9:30pm

Alastair Mogford is coming back to SUSU to host a session on video editing. The session will give a brief overview of the huge world of video editing; tips to make great videos, what makes a good editor and guidance on how to enter the industry if you’re interested. Everyone welcome, from complete novices to experienced filmmakers.

Interviewing Skills Workshop
Tuesday 9th December – 3:15pm-4:30pm

Ever thought of yourself as the next Fearne Cotton, Jonathan Ross or Graham Norton? Well this is the session for you. Your Vice President Democracy and Creative Industries, Megan Downing, will be hosting an interviewing workshop arming you with the skills to confidently and successfully interview people. Megan has a wealth of experience in interviewing bands, artists and celebrities through her work with The Edge and The National Student. She has interviewed the likes of Bastille, Marina and the Diamonds, and Charlie Simpson to name a few. The session will help you boost your confidence in interviewing people, as well as giving you some advice and guidance on what to do in the before, during and after stages of the interviewing process.

Curiosity and Creative Thinking
Tuesday 9th December – 5pm-7pm
This session will help you develop skills that will be helpful in any career path. Employers are actively seeking graduates who can think quickly and creatively, and this session will help you do just that. Session leader, Nick Leonard studied BSc Psychology at the University of Southampton, and is now the Ideation Director at Universal McCann. The team work to inspire creativity in advertising strategy, developing multiple advertising campaigns across all agency clients. They service clients such as Xbox, Microsoft and Brown Forman, and works with media owners including Sky, Channel 4, Absolute Radio and ITV.

Performing Arts Skills Session; Selling PA to Employers
Wednesday 10th December – 2:15pm-4:45pm

We have been working alongside Career Destinations to arrange this tailor-made, Performing Arts oriented careers session – don’t miss out! What attributes have you developed during your participation in the Performing Arts? How do you sell their value to a potential employer? What sort of employers are interested in you? This interactive workshop will help you appreciate the skills you’re developing and how you can market yourself effectively when applying for part-time work, internships and graduate jobs. It’ll also explore pathways in to the industry.

News Associates NCTJ Workshop
Wednesday 10th December – 1pm-2:30pm

Those interested in a career in newspapers, magazines, online and broadcast are encouraged to enrol on this free journalism workshop from News Associates, who are industry leaders in training journalists. This seminar will provide a practical insight into journalism and NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) course. We will get you tackling a breaking news exercise to give you an insight into the NCTJ diploma, the industry standard qualification for trainee journalists.

Music Industry: Professional Requirements with Andy Fisher
Wednesday 10th December – 11am-12:30pm

Dr Andrew Fisher from University of Southampton’s Music Department, gives some tips on essentials to develop your career in the music industry, whether as composer or performer or other specialism.

Music Student to Creative Producer: Workshop with Tom Nelson
Wednesday 10th December – 5pm-6pm

Royal Opera House Creative Producer and Southampton graduate Tom Nelson provides an insight into finding a career in music and progressing up the ladder. Tom will explain how he went from being a music student at the University of Southampton who loved nothing more than listening to Outkast, to being a successful professional whose job involves using digital media to bring opera to the masses.

Women in Creative Industries Panel
Thursday 11th December – 5pm-7pm

The Creative Industries have the power to educate, effect social change and to shape attitudes in our society. Diversity is vitally important in the Creative Industries, but the overall gender gap across sectors of the Creative Industries is significant.

– Only 36% of all people employed in the Creative Industries are women, despite 51% of the population being female.

– Women comprised just 9 percent of the directors of the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2013.

– Radio hosts are overwhelmingly male.

– 52% of gamers are women, but 88 percent of video games developers are male.

This panel will focus on women in the creative industries, the barriers that they face when getting in and progressing in their careers and how they can be supported in negotiating these barriers. We aim to explore how far the Creative Industries have come in creating a more diverse workforce, and how far they still need to go.

Performing Arts Winter Warmer
Friday 12th December – 8pm-late

Come one, come all to the PA Winter Warmer 2014!
A night of festive treats, carols, mulled wine and jollities!
Entry £3 / Entry + Mince Pie and Mulled Wine £4

We are reintroducing the awesome #SUSUGetsCreative hashtag, so be sure to use this when you’re Tweeting about the Careers Season.

I look forward to seeing lots of you at the sessions, make sure you sign on via the Your Skills links provided to avoid disappointment.

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2 Comments on "Creative Industries Careers Season is back!"

  1. megandowning
    Adam Procter
    27/11/2014 at 1:50 pm Permalink

    Any of this engaging with Winchester School of Art Staff or students, cannot see many Art & Design topics ?

  2. megandowning
    03/12/2014 at 10:31 am Permalink

    All sessions are open to those at WSA, but we plan to work with WSA to run some sessions in the new year that cater directly to those on Art and Design courses.

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