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ADI students learn about career success at 'Creative Futures'

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Event offered advice about building a career in the arts and similar industries

First-year students in the University of East London’s (UEL) School of Arts and Digital Industries recently received insight into career success from those who know best at Creative Futures at Rich Mix in east London.

The event featured a range of experts who offered the young creatives advice on how to build a career in the arts world and similar industries. Creative Futures also gave students the opportunity to network with experienced professionals in their chosen industries.

Graphic Design student Naeem Kabir said, “It was insightful leaning about the different approaches and how different designers have adapted their styles and developed new things.

“The designers all have different approaches but are connected by certain things, like the desire to keep learning and to keep improving and to keep polishing their styles.”

Speakers at Creative Futures included Dave Brown of comedy troupe The Mighty Boosh. Dave also works as an art director, designer and photographer. 

Dave advised students, “It’s really important to not work in a vacuum, to ask questions and ask your peers for feedback. I think that sets you up in good stead for a career in the creative industries. 

He added, “As an event, Creative Futures went down really well. There was a good variation of skill sets. Many people were singing from the same hymn sheet in terms of what they thought was important – there were definitely running themes through all the talks.”

Creative entrepreneurs Theo Albanis and Mirko Nicolo also spoke to students. The duo’s Train to Create enterprise works with clients interested in finding ways to express their creativity through photography, filmmaking and digital arts. 

Theo and Mirko met while studying on UEL’s photography course. They both graduated in 2008 and are active in supporting the University. 

Theo said, “As a first year student, you always want to see a small projection of what the future might be. 

“Events like Creative Futures are really important so students can understand the endless possibilities a degree at UEL can give you.”

Other speakers included Haze Alieu, art director at independent art and fashion publication Tirade. Haze is also a UEL graduate.

Charlie Ibouillie, a recent UEL fashion design graduate who works as a garment technologist at Topshop, and UEL Reader Dominic Hingorani, who runs theatre production company Brolly, also offered their insights to students.