The creative industries are worth a staggering £71.4 billion per year to the UK economy and account for 1.68 million jobs*. The future of the sector is bright and there have never been more opportunities for design students to land their dream jobs.
At Onespacemedia nurturing the next generation of talent is something we take seriously (check out our internship programme). Students are the future of the design industries and it's up to those of us with experience under our belts to share our expertise and offer guidance to prepare them for their careers.
James Cotton, founder of Onespacemedia, was recently asked to deliver a presentation to an audience of students and graduates from Anglia Ruskin University at Creative Front Futures - an event celebrating and promoting innovation in the creative industries in Cambridgeshire.
The event focussed around presentations from a range of creative industry professionals from the region, with a keynote speech from design veteran Wayne Hemmingway MBE, of HemingwayDesign.
"As creative professionals, we need to base our decisions on strong rationale."
James Cotton, founder of Onespacemedia
James's presentation gave valuable insights to designers entering the commercial design world, including the importance of research, how to optimise the design process and explaining why, as creative professionals, we need to base our design decisions on strong rationale.
The event also featured a series of 'Hire me' workshops - one-to-one interviews designed to give students feedback on their portfolios and help them hone their interview skills in preparation for job applications.
Our creative director and workshop leader, James Dellar, commented, "It's great to see so much talent being developed through Anglia Ruskin's design courses and fantastic to be able to offer them advice and support. Workshops like these are a great way for design students to build confidence in an interview situation and refine their portfolios and I was thrilled to be involved."
James Cotton grabs a selfie with Wayne Hemmingway
James with social media expert and fellow presenter, Sookio
*Source: Department for Culture, Media & Sport (based on statistics from 2012)