Last week, University Centre Peterborough hosted a wide array of industry professionals for their ‘Break into the Creative Industry’ day, laid on for the current Level 3 Media students at Stamford and Peterborough College.
The day kicked off with introductions from the University’s Curriculum Leader of Journalism & Media Production, Rachel Pishhorn, who spoke through all things UCP and the importance of building your ‘network’ in the industry. Rachel then handed over to current students of UCP, to talk about the student blog, ‘Inside the Box’.
‘Inside the Box’ is a student-run blog, which is open to College and University students who want to share anything they have written or created. This was an opportunity to share the great work that our students do, and encourage the next wave of students to get involved and to start putting themselves out there. To see how you can get involved, or to see some of the wonderful work our students have done, click here: https://www.insidetheboxucp.com/
Following this were two speakers from BBC Cambridgeshire, Heather Noble, Senior Producer, and Nick Carter, Station Sound Producer & Presenter. They led their talk with a quick introduction to themselves, and their careers so far, before opening up the floor to questions from the students. This was a great opportunity for students to rack the brains of two people who had been working for the BBC for many years, across many different platforms.
Some of the questions included ‘What do you look for in potential employees?’, ‘How do you create a great interview?’ and ‘Who is the most famous person you have met?’, for which Heather remarked about a time she swore in front of the former Queen!
They then ran a great workshop based around their podcast ‘Mental Muscle’, in which the students were tasked to come up with new ways to market the podcast. Amazingly, a student impressed them so much with their idea that they were asked to come to the BBC and help them work on the podcast.
After a short break for lunch, former UCP lecturer Nick Reinis-Keightley, who is now a Content and Communications Manager at Landmark Media took to the stage. Landmark are a boutique brand marketing, communications and PR agency, specialising in golf. Nick focussed on his experience of working at an agency, what life is like working for some large multinational sports brands and the importance of having many transferable skills at an agency.
The day was rounded off with some former University Centre Peterborough and Peterborough College students who are now working in the industry in varying capacities. Talks from Paulo Iantasco, Media Executive at Peterborough United, and Annika Loebig and Georjia Ashleigh who are Editor in Chief and Managing Editor of Cringe magazine, respectively.
They all expressed the importance of starting early, and being a self-starter, as they all set their own ventures which have found success. Paulo was recognised for his podcast by the BBC which helped him earn his position at Posh, and Annika and Georjia created their own independent magazine, Cringe, which focusses on confronting uncomfortable experiences across a variety of genres. Cringe can now be bought in various shops across London.
Overall, the event was a fantastic and invaluable experience for our students to speak to some people who have been working in the industry for a long time, as well as people who were in the same position as them very recently. We would like to say a massive thank you to all of our guest speakers that took the time out of their busy schedules to talk and inspire our students. We can’t wait to host another one and keep building on this success!