More than 160 brilliant people from across the creative industries have signed up with Speakers for Schools to give careers talks in school assemblies. Speakers giving talks in the last academic year spanned sectors from fine art, science, and music, to publishing and animation & visual effects.
Phil Dobree and Joel Airebamen from Jellyfish Pictures spoke to Year 10 students of Saint Gabriel’s College in Lambeth, about their work in visual effects and animations.
They emphasised the fact that the creative industries require people with talents in STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and that the creative industries are not limited to people studying creative subjects: there are roles such as project management, finance, human resources, computer science and other support services. After the Q+A students shared that it “made me consider a career in the creative industries”, “I liked the fact that it is a local company who are based in South London” and “I did not know about the variety of careers in this industry.”
Award-winning MD of Legend Times, Tom Chalmers, spoke to Year 10 students at All Saints Catholic High School in Knowsley. He spoke to students about his experience running his own publishing business and gave advice for those considering their career choices after school. Paul Dearing of All Saints Catholic High School said that “the ambition and confidence, which our young people displayed is really inspiring” and Tom added that “I really enjoyed meeting the students… it’s a great school and it was a very inspiring experience to visit and spend time with the staff.”
The creative industries need you (yes you!) to volunteer to share your story with a school assembly. To find out more, email CCP@creativeindustriesfederation.com