Enterprise conference gives students a career boost

Accelerator, London Met’s Business Incubator hosted a creative career day to kick start the search for valuable internships and experience during summer.

Date: 06 July 2014

Accelerator, London Metropolitan University's business incubator, hosted a day-long conference to help enterprising students learn more about building their careers and businesses.  

The ‘Now or Never: Creative Career Day’ was aimed at students and graduates who are working on small businesses or are interested in starting one up. Run as part of Accelerator's Creative Enterprise Month, the event gave students new ideas, skills and valuable contacts to boost their careers.

Recent London Met graduates like Roxanne Reynolds from ARTAM and Liam Rollings from The Design Wire shared their experience and advice with students and current businesses based in Accelerator, which is located in Shoreditch in the heart of London's Tech City. 

There were also Q&A sessions with other start-ups and businesses.

Tim Brownstown from Kymira Sport (founded in 2013) presented a Fashion Industry talk, and the rest of the day included discussions on topics such as 'sell your product', 'run an online business' and 'getting paid'. 

See the full list of speakers here.

Valuable experience, countless possibilities

Frances Brown, from Accelerator, said: “The Now or Never! Creative Careers Day was a brilliant opportunity for London Met students and graduates to come face to face with those in industry.  We heard insider tips and realities of working and running businesses in the creative industries from those with experience and had the chance to chat to them informally throughout the day too.

“It was a really lively day and I know both the speakers and the students got a lot from it.  We hope to repeat the event next year.” 

London Met strives to create the best possible foundations for students to build their careers on after graduation.

The Careers and Employability team at London Met provides a range of services including individual advice and guidance, skills workshops, employer presentations, jobs fairs and careers conferences, but also host a lot of other activities to make sure that our students are well prepared for making an immediate impact on the job market,” said Fiona Tracey, Senior Careers Consultant at London Met.

“We work to provide support and guidance throughout to ensure that our students have whatever help they need to find their dream job.”

Internship Opportunities 

If you are a student looking for a summer/autumn internship, these links may be of interest. 

SalesGossip is a daily sales scouting service. They are looking for passionate interns and you can contact them here.

Give A Grad A Go is the UK's leading graduate recruitment agency. They match up talented graduates with exciting UK businesses from growing start-ups to global brands and offer positions in Marketing, PR, Advertising, Banking, Finance, Recruitment, Design, Sales and IT.

The vast majority of their positions are for graduates, as most of their internships are designed to lead onto permanent positions. They only offer paid placements.

Made in Shoreditch is unique lifestyle magazine celebrating the iconic status of Shoreditch as Europe’s centre of Innovation and Creativity. They cover stories about innovation and creativity in Fashion & Style, Arts & Culture, Tech, Fine Dining and Nightlife in Shoreditch and outside Shoreditch. They are always on the hunt for new writers.  Contact them here.

Start Up Boot camp are looking for an events and marketing intern with good design skills and sense of humour. The successful candidate(s) will have the opportunity to work for Europe's best accelerator. Contact them at markus@startupbootcamp.org with your CV.

Sebazzo will be able to provide experience in UX / UI design, an insight into design and development process, project management experience and exposure to client presentations, studio culture, networking and new business activities. CV’s and portfolios can be emailed at hi@sebazzo.com.

Accelrator can take student interns throughout the year as part of their work placement modules and over holidays. You can drop them a line here.