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Why partner with UAL Careers and Employability?

University of the Arts London University of the Arts London (UAL) is a vibrant international centre for innovative teaching and research in arts, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts. The University is made up of 6 Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art.

About Careers and Employability

Careers and Employability empowers UAL students and graduates to make a living doing what they love. We believe that everyone should be able to achieve their creative ambitions, regardless of their background or circumstance.

Working collaboratively with UAL courses, we enhance students’ employability and creative attributes through experiential learning and access to industry.

We enable students to achieve their goals by being responsive to individual pathways and ways of learning. From the moment students arrive, they can access: one-to-one advice, job opportunities, paid internships, mentoring, funding, student-led initiatives, and opportunities to showcase and exhibit work. Support is free and accessible to all our students.

Creative Shift: shaping a diverse industry

Based within UAL Careers and Employability, the Creative Shift team works with students who are under-represented in the creative sector – supporting them into graduate level jobs and self-employment.

Creative Shift initiatives are delivered in partnership with organisations from the creative industries.

If you can offer a paid internship, studio visit, meaningful live brief or other opportunity please get in touch: creativeshift@arts.ac.uk.

Give something back

Be a professional mentor

Our professional mentoring programme matches students or recent graduates with a mentor working in the creative industries.

Once matched with a student, we ask mentors to commit to meeting their mentee for one to two hours a month, usually over a 6-month period. Full training is provided and students are matched with mentors based on the relevancy of their skills and expertise.

We offer three mentoring schemes:

* Shift: Professional Mentoring - open to ‘home’ (UK), undergraduate students whose parent(s) / guardian(s) have not completed a university degree (led in partnership with Creative Shift)

* UAL Professional Mentoring - open to all undergraduate students at UAL

* Creative Enterprise Mentoring - focused on students and recent graduates who are interested in launching or developing their own business.

Mentors offer their time on a voluntary basis. However, we are able to offer a number of discretionary payments. (These are reserved for lower-income freelancers or sole traders who would not be unable to offer their time for mentoring without remuneration.)

If you think that you could give your time to help our students to make considered decisions about their creative careers and the steps they need to take to get there, please get in touch.

Email professionalmentoring@arts.ac.uk with your CV/bio and links to any relevant online resources (e.g. website, LinkedIn).

Sponsorship

Creative Enterprise Awards

Creative Enterprise Awards are funding and support packages to help grow new business ideas and nurture enterprising initiatives developed by UAL students and graduates.

Each year we award up to ten businesses grants of £5,000 plus a share of prizes including:

  • showcasing opportunities
  • leading industry mentorship
  • specialist business training.

Winners are announced at an award ceremony in July.

Previous sponsors include: It’s Nice That, The Design Laboratory and Google for Startups.

There are many ways in which you can support this event. Whether you can provide a venue, or support in the form of mentoring, training, product development or access to resources. Email enterprise@arts.ac.uk to discuss further.

Speaking at events and one to one support

Interested in speaking at events relating to enterprise and employability, or offering one-to-one advice? We are always looking for individuals to come in and share their expertise and knowledge with our students.

If you would like to be considered for future speaking opportunities please sign up for our  partnerships newsletter.

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  • Nadia Speranza, Wayne Hemmingway, MA Graphic Design, London College of Communication, Careers, Employability
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    Advertise your jobs

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    Part Time Jobs Fair 2018. Photo by Unai Mateo
    Job Fairs

    Employers and businesses looking to recruit for creative roles can meet UAL students and graduates at our annual job fairs. Find out how your company can get involved.