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Investigating Creative and Digital Careers

Posted at 8:40 am on 15th July, 2021

Year 10 Online Industry Event

Year 10 Computer Science and iMedia students participated in an inspirational, interactive and engaging careers event from 14th to 18th June.

Curious Minds, was commissioned by Greater Manchester Higher in collaboration with the University of Bolton to deliver the week long Investigate Creative and Digital Industries Event to inspire students to consider a career in this interesting and diverse industry.

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The week opened with an overview of the creative and digital sector provided by Curious Minds, including roles and businesses which exist within the industry.  Students then heard from career professionals who shared their experiences within the sector.

Mid-week sessions focused on employer workshops and each employer hosted interactive sessions to introduce students to their specific area of creative and digital.  Wellacre students worked with The Octagon Theatre’s Creative Engagement Department,  Edenamiuki, a creative practitioner and social entrepreneur with an MA in Choreography, and the Hawk Dance Theatre.

The week concluded with a celebration session, enabling students to reflect and ask questions.  

Well done to Oliver, Daniel, Lewis, Santino, Mazen, Stan, Taylor B, Hishaam, Jack, Freddie, Oscar, Adam, Leo, Brandon and Taylor H.

Mrs Lunn, Wellacre’s Leader of Computing, said:

“I have been very impressed with the opportunities provided to our students this week. Every single student engaged and began to harness and expand their ideas of what the future can hold; thinking outside of the box, with no limits!”

“Many jobs in the industry were explored and in some activities, students were able to experience that job role, by working on creative briefs in partnerships or teams. It was a thoroughly beneficial and enjoyable week.”

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One industry brief included choreographing a poster on the theme of ‘trapped.’ Students used photography and digital artwork to create a poster.

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Student feedback was extremely positive.

Year 10 student, Stan, said:

"I really enjoyed the week; it has shown me future careers in media.  I particularly enjoyed the Hawk Dance Theatre session because it was very practical and gave me a multitude of experiences."

Fellow Year 10 student Leo added: 

"I too have enjoyed this week, for me particularly the Edenamiuki session as he made me consider the business side of my creative career moving forwards. The event expanded my thinking and made me think that I could pursue this further down the line.”

Finally Oliver said:

"The session with the Octagon was really useful in regards to work experience and volunteering opportunities within the organisation and Edenamiuki’s session really helped me to think more about how I could expand on the ideas that I already had about what I want to do in the future.  The speaker was inspirational and helped me realise that when I hit my goals, I could then set myself even more goals."

Congratulations to Oliver, Jack, Lewis and Hishaam who won the Investigate Creative and Digital Careers challenge and won £10 Amazon vouchers each!

Following the event, Parvati Pindoria, from The Octagon Theatre’s Creative Engagement Department, contacted Wellacre to say: 

“Thanks for having us; we enjoyed it!  I loved hearing Wellacre students’ ideas on their campaigns.”