Industry professionals share top tips for a career in the creative sector

Edinburgh College students gained insight into what it takes to make it in the creative industries as the College hosted some of the country’s top professionals at its seventh annual Creative Industries Employability Day.

Students from the College’s Creative Industries courses attended the event at its Granton Campus where they had an opportunity to get career advice from guest speakers from across the creative sector including experts in film and television, music, photography, fashion, computing, performing arts and more.

Around 750 students were inspired by workshops delivered by 68 industry panellists who gave students their top tips on making the most of their talent, standing out in the industry, and building successful careers.

Students heard from a wide-range of organisations including: The National Galleries of Scotland, BOX Revolution Productions, Young Enterprise Scotland, Gordon Nicholson Kiltmakers, Rokkwood Audio, Radio Forth, City of Edinburgh Council, and Rockstar North.

NC Sound Production student Lisle Hardie said: “The event was very useful, and I managed to get all the information I was looking for. I went along to the working in sound production talk in the morning and listened to industry professionals Graeme Young, Jane Datony, and Darryll McFadyen who were all fantastic and gave loads of good advice.”

Edinburgh College head of Creative Industries Jakki Jeffery said: “This is the seventh year we have hosted the Employability Day and once again it has been a great success. The event provides the perfect opportunity for our students to hear from talented professionals currently working in the industry, get tips and advice, and find out more about what it’s like to pursue a career in the creative sector.”

Richard Melvin of Dabster Production said: “It really enjoyed having the opportunity to come and speak to students at Edinburgh College. The event went really well, and its was great to be able to meet and speak to the next generation of upcoming creative talent.”