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Starting Out

Starting Out

Starting Out is a series of webinars, online workshops and one-to-one advice to help students prepare for their virtual degree show and embark on their careers

Prepare for your virtual degree show and future career

Starting Out is an online programme of events to help you prepare for your degree show and embark on your creative career during uncertain times.

The series of industry-led webinars, online workshops and one-to-one advice will empower you to:

  • use your creative strengths,
  • be proactive and enterprising,
  • positively navigate change
  • and communicate your abilities in a way that helps you to stand out from the crowd.

See what events are happening and book your place now.

Booking and Attending Events

Please book your place at least 30 minutes before event start time so that we have the time to send you the link to attend online. Late bookings may not receive the link.

Starting Out events are only available to UAL current students and alumni.

  • Art installation of clothes
    installation by Priscilla Luong, Chelsea, Alys Tomlinson.jpg Installation by Priscilla Luong, Chelsea. Photo: Alys Tomlinson
    Post study visa options for international students  

    Learn about the options available if you have graduated from BA/BSc or a postgraduate degree, including information about the Start-Up Visa scheme. The session will also cover the temporary concessions the Home Office have in place in light of the current pandemic - 4 August (11am to 12.15pm)

  • Male students writing
    Tevin Akinyemi working in the Studio, LCC, Alys Tomlinson.jpg Tevin Akinyemi working in the studio at LCC. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.
    Self-employment, funding and application advice  

    Starting a project or working for yourself? Sign up to receive 1-2-1- advice on self-employment and feedback on your applications  - 5 August (25-minute slots from 10am-6pm)

  • Photo of lady working on a laptop with books next to her
    Rochelle Saunders in the studio, CSM, Alys Tomlinson.jpg Rochelle Saunders in the studio at CSM by Alys Tomlinson
    Crafting effective personal statements  

    This session will offer practical tips on how you can create and refine your personal statement so that you feel confident expressing yourself in a range of professional contexts  - 5 August (12.30pm-2pm)

  • Somebody presenting in front of a crowd.
    GoogleDG_PartnershipEventAssets_Image11.png Google Digital Garage presenting in front of a crowd. Photo by Google Digital Garage.
    Find Your Career Goals  

    Explore what makes you feel fulfilled at work and how you can be more deliberate about seeking it out through setting goals. This event is in partnership with Google Digital Garage - 6 August 2020 (11am to 12pm)

  • Photo of work in a studio
    Work by Sunaina Khandelwal, Camberwell, Alys Tomlinson.jpg Work by Sunaina Khandelwal, Camberwell. Photo: Alys Tomlinson
    Support and advice for graduates of colour, UAL Alumni of Colour Association  

    The Alumni of Colour Association (AoCA) is encouraging graduates of colour to participate in this open surgery; to offer advice and shed light on some of their own experiences - 11 August (12pm to 1.30pm)

  • Two people chatting in a studio
    Laura Arroyo Rocha in the Studio, Wimbledon, Alys Tomlinson.jpg Laura Arroyo Rocha in the studio, Wimbledon College. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.
    Graduate support 1-2-1s  

    UAL graduate? Get help with career queries such as: job search strategies, interview preparation, CVs and identifying a career path - 12 August (30-minute slots from10am-12.45pm)

  • Photo of collage work
    Collage by Avni Goyal, wimbledon, Alys Tomlinson.jpg Collage by Avni Goyal
    Understanding and valuing your skills  

    Being able to identify and describe what you're capable of is key to succeeding in the creative industries and this workshop is designed to help you overcome this challenge - 12 August (12.30pm-2pm)

  • Photo of hands drawing in sketchbook
    Sketchbook by Anna Balint, Chelsea, Alys Tomlinson.jpg Sketchbook drawing with Anna Balint by Alys Tomlinson
    Freelancing: How to get started  

    Find out about working on paid projects or contracts or how to develop a freelance practice when you graduate - 12 August (11am-12.30pm)

  • Photo of scattered threads and photographs on a desk
    Tools of Danielle Tartaro, LCF, Alys Tomlinson.jpg Tools of Danielle Tartaro by Alys Tomlinson
    Strategies for job hunting during a pandemic and beyond!  

    Looking for work but need help knowing where to start? Understand different approaches to job hunting and identify relevant jobs for you - 18 August (11am-12.30pm)

  • Cem Hamlacibasi during his Internship at Narrative Projects
    Cem Hamlacibasi during his Internship at Narrative Projects, Alys Tomlinson.jpg Image by Alys Tomlinson
    Business advice 1-2-1s

    Whether you’re in the early stages or have already started a business, come and discuss your ideas with our expert advisors - 19 August (25-minute slots from 10am-6pm)

  • Photo of artist kneeling in studio with painting behind
    Benjamin Edmunds painting in the studio, Wimbledon, Alys Tonlinson.jpg Benjamin Edmunds painting in the studio
    Starting out as an artist  

    Join Artquest at this informal talk and information sharing session that will consider what it means to be starting out as an artist in these extraordinary circumstances - 20 August (1-1.45pm)

  • Theatre design pieces by Francesca Tingcungco, Wimbledon, Ben Turner.jpg Theatre design pieces by Francesca Tingcungco, Wimbledon. photo: Ben Turner
    Graduating in uncertain times: How I made it  

    Hear from UAL alumni Danielle Jones and Jake Astbury who overcame significant challenges during the 2008 global financial crisis. They'll share their top tips and experience of how to negotiate a challenging job market - 25 August 2020 (11am to 12pm)

  • Two people chatting in a studio
    Laura Arroyo Rocha in the Studio, Wimbledon, Alys Tomlinson.jpg Laura Arroyo Rocha in the studio, Wimbledon College. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.
    Graduate support 1-2-1s  

    UAL graduate? Get help with career queries such as: job search strategies, interview preparation, CVs and identifying a career path - 26 August (30-minute slots from 1.30pm-4.15pm)

  • Multimedia Installation with video by Odira Morewabone, CSM, John Sturrock
    Multimedia Installation with video by Odira Morewabone, CSM, John Sturrock.jpg Multimedia Installation with video by Odira Morewabone, CSM, John Sturrock
    The power of video for self-promotion  

    Hear about the key creative and technical aspects of shooting, editing and producing engaging video content - 26 August 2020 (11am to 12.30pm)

  • monochrome photo of group of students celebrating at an event
    Image- Inequity in the Workspace, Jay Tyler, 2018.jpg Inequity in the Workspace, Photo by Jay Tyler, 2018
    Inequality in the Workspace: A Black Student’s Guide  

    Hear from a range of professionals providing resources to support black students - 26 August 2020 (5pm to 6.30pm)