Edge Hill University students interested in careers in the media industry recently had the opportunity to attend a series of events designed to provide them with advice and guidance on how to enter the career of their choice.

The ‘Make Yourself Employable’ week, which was arranged by the Department of Media, provided talks, workshops and networking opportunities that allowed students to gain valuable insight from industry professionals, as well as receive information on the benefits of continuing onto postgraduate study.

The week began with an introduction from Lynda Brady, Pro-Vice Chancellor with Responsibility for Students who highlighted the emphasis the University places on employability:

“This week is an example of the fantastic collaboration between industry and Edge Hill University and sends out a message about how much we value your next steps beyond graduation.”

Afterwards, there were talks from experts working at leading organisations including the BBC, Saatchi & Saatchi and Hurricane Films in areas such as marketing and advertising, film, TV and radio who outlined what it takes to embark upon a career in these exciting and rewarding industries.

Throughout the week the sessions were well attended and the speakers were impressed at how engaged students were in the question and answer sessions, as well as during the smaller breakout seminars where more detailed and focused information about particular career areas could be provided.

Mariana Andrade, Senior Lecturer in Advertising, coordinated the event and arranged for sessions to be delivered by speakers from a wide variety of professions, ensuring there would be something of interest for all students within the Department.

“During this event we invited industry professionals, companies who offer work placements, recruitment agencies and Edge Hill University staff, so that our students had the opportunity to engage with those who hold influential positions in the media industry, including some notable Edge Hill University alumni.”

The department is delighted at how successful the event was and are now considering holding similar events. Mariana concluded, “The event was a great success and well attended. Students and staff alike found it very insightful and inspiring and we hope to build on this for the future.”

For further information about studying Media programmes at Edge Hill University please visit, edgehill.ac.uk/media