Don’t Hide Your Light

I just had a conversation with my HND Visual Communication students about expanding their horizons, getting their work seen and their names known, and preparing for the big bad world of work.

In the past I was lucky enough to gain work experience through Channel 4’s Ideasfactory, and several similar schemes are currently in operation offering advice and opportunities for those working in the creative arts.

© Muhammad Adnan Asim (Flickr)

I would certainly suggest registering for all and any of the opportunities available as you never know where it may lead. After working with Ink Animation on a Channel 4 project in 2005 I was asked to be a mentor on a further design related project with TV production company Eyeline Media. Many years later the company contacted me looking for students to act as ‘runners’ for a film shoot they were doing in my local area. Two students subsequently helped on the set and gained some great work experience and something worthwhile mentioning on their CV.

So, my advice is not to hide away, but get out there and seek out as many opportunities as you can – especially in these tough times – and gain some experience to make yourself shine out in the crowd.

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