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Get your foot in the door

Valentine del Giudice
May 14, 2019

Graduate Future Week is a series of events organised by the University of the Arts London to prepare recent and soon-to-be graduates to the reality of the creative industries. And this is much needed.

Indeed when entering an ecosystem where word-of-mouth and referrals prevail, 1/ competition can be intimidating; and 2/ to get the first step up the ladder seems to be the hardest part.

Graduate Future Week headline talk invited Michelle Owusu (Marketing Manager, Channel 4 and Director, SceneTV), Tolu Coker (Fashion Designer, Textile Designer and Illustrator) and Shannie Mears (Co-Founder, The Elephant Room) to share their top advice and inside knowledge of how to get your foot in the door of the creative industries.

When entering an ecosystem where word-of-mouth and referrals prevail to get the first step up the ladder seems to be the hardest part.

I was invited to attend and write about the talk so here are my key takeaways from this inspiring panel:

About networking

About social media

About side projects

“You got freedom of expression, make the most of it!” — Tolu Coker, Fashion Designer, Textile Designer and Illustrator

About your next job

About getting paid


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