Careers inspiration from creative industry professionals
3 December 2015
Professionals from the creative industries, many of them Old Oakhamians, spoke about their careers and gave advice to over sixty Art and Design students.
The diverse presentations ranged from a highly entertaining description of working in the shoe design industry from Richard Hallam to talks about fashion and architecture. Students were impressed by the innovation, drive and financial acumen of the guests. Architect Michael Brooke spoke of his latest work as a project manager, delivering affordable and ecological housing on a large scale, while young architect Gabriel Li (OO) impressed with the creativity of his assignments for a London architectural practice.
Previous Head Boy Tom Spall (OO) dazzled with his architectural visualisations. For graphic communication we heard from Alison Buckley (OO) and Anndi Sheppard of the range of people skills need for effective marketing, a message which was echoed by freelance photographer Elli Dean.
Young entrepreneur Phoebe Gormley (OO) showed us all how far can be travelled in a short time with determination as she described the meteoric rise of her bespoke womenswear company, from a charity workspace to Savile Row premises in 18 months. These talks were complemented by the creative freedom and versatility of artist Luke Deering (OO).
Tom Joule, founder of clothing company Joules, ended the presentations by describing the skills he looks for when employing graduates and the importance of relevant work experience to gaining your first job. Guests and audience then discussed ways of preparing for a career in the creative fields over dinner in the Barraclough.