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Insight Out needs creative graduates with good ideas

If you graduated between 2007 and 2009 from any course at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design or a Performance, Media & English degree then the Insight Out course could be the springboard for managing and launching your career in the creative industries.

Times are tough for graduates at the moment, but if you have an amazing creative idea that you want to explore there should be nothing to stop you applying for this 5 week Insight Out: Managing a Portfolio Career programme, designed with fresh new entrepreneurs in mind.

The trend for graduates from creative degrees is to enter into ‘a job contract, self-employment and portfolio working, the choices for art and design graduates.’ (Source: gradireland.com, Art & Design graduates: what to expect after graduation) Portfolio working is essentially juggling a series of part time or freelance roles with full or part time paid work, that leaves little time to use your talents and skills to their maximum potential.

With some planning and the right knowledge of the available support when you first start out in your career, a balance between what you love and what you need to do to financially support yourself can be achieved. This course explores the benefits that can be achieved through tools such as mentoring, investigative thinking, the development of entrepreneurial skills and attributes such as confidence, developing a collaborative approach, creative problem solving, taking initiative, and the all important networking!

Successful applicants can receive up to £850 for attending and completing the course.

Further details can be found on the website http://www.mediacourses.com/insightout/portfolio.asp or you can call 0121 204 9887 to chat to the team.

Employability: Giving Graduates the Upper Hand

When recruiting graduates, employers are increasingly rating sound employability skills as a highly valuable trait for candidates to offer. In a recent BBC News online article, head of the CBI, Richard Lambert, stresses ‘students must get skills and first-hand experience of work while still at university.’ A recent report launched by the CBI and Universities UK indicates that 78% of employers who were surveyed view employability skills as ‘essential’.

When it comes to considering the vast array of university courses on offer, prospective students are being more considered in their subject and institution choices. More and more, they’re looking for courses which are not just of purely academic value to them and are placing an increasing emphasis on being able to gain practical knowledge and experience as part of their course in order to help give them a competitive edge in their future careers. Employability is rapidly becoming a factor that influences prospective students’ choices.

Through its expertise as a provider of many vocationally relevant programmes, Birmingham City University is well positioned to provide a combination of academic and practical knowledge which reflect the changing demands of prospective students.

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