Camden Spark projects: Creative Arts Industry careers events

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Two creative arts industry careers events have taken place recently, highlighting the variety of professional career opportunities available to young people. 

The first was for students studying Art, Btec Art, Btec Performing Arts, Photography, Media, and Film at LaSWAP and was held at the Acland Burghley Assembly Hall.

Students had the opportunity to hear from and speak to a range of professionals and guest speakers, including Keir Starmer, and learnt about different roles within the creative industries. In all, representatives from twelve varied organisations were involved with the event, including:  Roundhouse; The Poetry Society; The Jewish Museum; October Gallery; The Place; WAC Arts; Cockpit Arts; Goldsmiths Centre; Into Film; Warner Brothers; Almeida and Camden Apprenticeships.

Feedback was incredibly positive with 78% of the students that participated saying they were likely or very likely to research more into the careers/ or sector they had earned about and 89% of them feeling more confident about a career in the creative industries sector after the session.

Then, on 11th June, Inspire! facilitated a series of Careers Talks for Year 8 students at Maria Fidelis School as part of their careers day, funded by Camden Spark.

The talks showcased the wide variety of job roles available in the Creative and Cultural Sectors. The Careers Talks supported a number of Gatsby benchmarks including:

• Benchmark 2 (Learning from career and labour market information)
• Benchmark 4 (linking curriculum learning to careers)
• Benchmark 5 (encounters with employers and employees)

Students watched presentations and took part in activities with four volunteers from a diverse range of companies: BBC (media production), Lendlease (architecture and technology), Self Made Hero (publishing and marketing) and a freelance actor (performing arts).

Student feedback was, again, positive with 84% agreeing that they enjoyed the Careers Talks; 79% agreeing that they learnt about a wide range of careers relevant to their interests and aspirations and 75% agreeing that they now understand more about how the courses they are studying relate to the wider world of work.