Hi! My name is Jess, and I’m the founder of Creative Graduate (or CG, as I’m fondly calling it!) The idea of CG came to me because I really liked other accounts that were offering student and grad advice, but wasn’t aware of many that were targeted directly at those in the creative industries. I felt like I had some advice and experience I could share that might be helpful – so here we are!

I graduated with a 2:1 in Psychology from the University of Sheffield in 2018 and spent two years trying to get a job in theatre after being made redundant in 2019. I was frustrated with everything at this point, I’d spend hours filling out applications (all of which are in different formats) and rarely ever heard back. I had a few interviews, which I felt went well but the feedback was always the same: you don’t have enough experience. This was even more frustrating, because I was sure I had the skills needed for the roles, but no-one would give me the chance to gain this oh-so-vital experience.

I’d always wanted to work in theatre, but I decided to broaden my horizons to try and secure a creative job to gain some experience. And it worked! In February 2020 I had an interview at a great company for an events management role, after three (!) interviews I received a job offer, and was due to start in March 2020. Unfortunately, as the Covid-19 pandemic hit my start date was extended, extended and then – rescinded. I was devastated, but thankfully I hadn’t yet left my job in hospitality, so I had a lifeline, which I’m so grateful for.

Applying for a masters

Reeling from the loss of my new job, the idea of a masters started to appeal to me. I thought it could be the answer to getting my dream job in the arts industry. I did a lot of research into my ideal course, as well as the practicalities of balancing it with work and being able to afford it.

I applied (pretty close to the deadline) and to my shock, was accepted! I’m now in my second term of an Arts Policy and Management MA, and I adore it. If Covid permits, I should be doing a placement next year, which is one of the main reasons I chose this course.

Where I’m at now

I have been promoted in my hospitality role and have taken over social media marketing there, which is an ideal opportunity for me to develop some more experience. I’m looking to stay where I am while I finish my masters and further develop CG.

The future

I’m looking to move into the arts industry when I finish my masters, hopefully backed by my experience on my placement, at work and running CG.

Thank you so much for reading and supporting CG in its journey so far, I’m really looking forward to its continued expansion!

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