Stand out from the crowd by making contributions to FutureRising. We’ve put together a list of opportunities where you can contribute in order to gain real experience, promote yourself to the industry or to young talent as well improving your skills.
Students and graduates
Good doesn’t cut it in the creative industries. You have to be extraordinary, whether you want to be a cleaner or a CEO. You need to stand out, show off your passion and demonstrate your determination. Contributing to FutureRising will help you do all these things as well as giving you real experience and improving your skills before you have even left university! Not to mention they look impressive on CVs and give you something to talk about in interviews.
Become a student ambassador
You’ll become our eyes and ears on the ground helping us to make FutureRising better for students like you. This will involve talking to your classmates and discovering the problems they face when studying or trying to enter the creative industries. Then you’ll work with the FutureRising team to create solutions and return to your classmates a hero.
This is a great opportunity to network with the FutureRising team and other student ambassadors from around the country (with quarterly meetings in London), sharing ideas, contacts and knowledge. Your personable skills will improve as well as your creative problem solving abilities which are both key to any role in the creative industries. And for anyone interested in accounts, becoming a FutureRising ambassador will better your communication skills.
Take part in an interview
Share your experience so far with a FutureRising interview. Get your name and face up in metaphorical lights as we showcase you on our website and shout about you through our social media channels.
As well as being promoted to industry professionals and employers all around the country, each of our student interviewees gets the chance to really sell themselves and talk about why they should be hired. It’s a unique way to stand out from the intense competition. And it only takes like 10 minutes so why not? Check out previous career interviews
Write an article
Write about your course, your experience so far, your thoughts and feelings about the creative industries, difficulties you have faced, advice and tips or anything else you can think off.
The obvious reason to do this is to promote yourself. For each article you write, we’ll link to your website or social media as well including a description of you. You’ll also get to promote your knowledge, opinions and personality. Every article is pushed out to all sorts of employers who are looking for someone who stands out. If you want to be a copywriter then writing experience is essential. But for everyone else, writing an article for FutureRising can be a big boost if you’re looking to work in any form of communications. You’ll need to ask and solve similar questions as you would in the industry. What’s the message? Who are you talking to? How should you talk to them?
If you have written an article, it will also appear as a contribution on your profile that employers will see when searching for talent.
You probably have all sorts of amazing skills and interesting ideas that we haven’t even thought about. So if you’d like to contribute in a different way, please get in touch. But really have a think about how you can benefit from it and make sure it’s worthwhile for you.
We could go on and on about how fulfilling it is to help young people. But perhaps the most important thing about contributing to FutureRising is the ways in which you benefit. Each of these areas has been designed to make sure you get at least as much as you give.
We hold a number of sessions around universities and at our office in London every month. You could be helping students with their portfolios, careers planning or offering insights into the industry.
Unrestricted access to the most passionate and determined young people is the obvious benefit here. But what does that really mean? It means you get first dibs on emerging talent, it means you get to start moulding them and preparing them for your company before they even leave university and it means that you get to be the first to be inspired by interesting new ways of thinking.
Join our industry roundtable
Our groups of talent and HR professionals meet regularly to take action on FutureRising projects that aim to bring together education and the creative industries. You’ll meet others who nurture talent to discuss issues and every session will include a guest speaker.
As well as the networking and learning opportunities this provides, being part of our roundtable also means that you’ll have a say in the future of what and how we train young talent, and ultimately, a say in the future of the creative industries as a whole.
Submit a brief
Our website hosts a range of briefs from all parts of the industry but we’re always looking for more. On behalf of your company you may wish to set a brief for our audience of young people to work on. It could be live or speculative.
A brief is a great way to identify and assess young talent as well as helping them to gain experience of the kinds of problems they’ll face in work. You’ll also receive exciting ideas that you can use or that might simply inspire you to think differently when solving your own briefs at work.
Share a challenge
Each and every week we release five challenges to help students increase their work place skills. These cross every possible area of the creative industry as we challenge students with completing tasks.
By sharing a challenge, you’ll be contributing to the skills and knowledge that young people learn before entering the industry, ensuring they are ready for a company like yours.
Speak at an event
Our events are becoming more and more popular and we have speaking opportunities all over the country, ranging from universities to colleges to smaller sessions. Take a day off and pop along to inspire some young people and be inspired yourself.
Again, this is a fantastic way to meet young talented people. All our speakers are always very impressed by the students they meet and many have found brilliant new employees at our events, snapping them up before other companies even have a chance. Speaking is also a great way to improve your own skills, you’re speaking and communication skills but also your knowledge and insight into the industry. Afterall, they say the best way to learn is to teach. There’s networking opportunities with our other speakers. And you’ll be inspired and motivated by the students which will increase your productivity at work. It’s great experience and you’ll receive a buzz once it’s finished, leaving feeling satisfied you’ve helped the up and coming talent.
Take part in either a video interview (we’ll come to you or you can visit the FutureRising offices) or, if you’re camera shy, a written interview via email.
Share your journey and inspirations with students everywhere as well as giving out the advice you wish you had been given when you were younger. Questions will include: How you started out? What your role includes? Along with a few funny ones for good measure.
Write an article
Write about your experience so far, your thoughts and feelings about the creative industries, difficulties you have faced, opinions on certain work, your agency, advice and tips or anything else you can think off.
The obvious reason to do this is to promote yourself and/or your agency. For each article you write, we’ll link to your website or social media as well including a description of you. You’ll also get to really show off your knowledge, opinions and personality.
If you have written an article, it will also appear as a contribution on your profile to give you bragging rights over everyone else.
You probably have all sorts of amazing skills and interesting ideas that we haven’t even thought about. We’re open to any thoughts about how we could work together.
You scratch our back, we scratch yours. There’s a number of ways you can contribute to the FutureRising network and they all offer you something in return, whether it’s for you personally or something that benefits your course or your students.
Join the industry roundtable
Meet up with other educators and industry professionals to discuss current issues surrounding the gap between education and the workplace. Every session will include a great guest speaker.
As well as the networking and learning opportunities this provides, being part of our roundtable also means that you’ll have a voice in deciding the future of education for the creative industries.
We bring networking, learning and inspiring events to universities and colleges all around the country. Get your university or college involved by helping us host one of these exciting events there. See our past events for more about what they are.
As well as giving your students real practical advice from current employers and industry professionals, these events are designed to inspire and motivate them. They’ll gain experience working on a brief with valuable feedback. And they’ll be a networking session so they can talk to our speakers. A number of students have been offered jobs as a direct result of attending FutureRising events held at their university.
Write an article
Write about your experience so far, your thoughts and feelings about the creative industries, difficulties you or your students face, opinions on certain work, your university or course, advice and tips or anything else you can think off.
This is a way to promote yourself and/or your course while at the same time helping to provide improve education within the creative industries in a way that isn’t bound by university bureaucracy and regulations.
If you have written an article, it will also appear as a contribution on your profile so students and industry professionals can see what you think of the creative industries.
At FutureRising we’re always trying to improve the practical skills and education of young people wishing to enter the creative industries. So if you think of anything that we’re not already doing, we’re open to any thoughts about how we could work together.