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CV workshop and Careers Meeting // 2

23 April 2018
Laura had come in to run a CV writing workshop. This had some really useful information as I hadn't really had to think much about a CV coming straight from Sixth form to University. She gave us some tips on what to put on our CV's and how to write them in a way that appeals to the employer. 
  • Targeting is Key - When applying for a job, we need to adapt our CV to specific features to match the job. Having all the relevant information but tailoring it specifically to the organisation or the specific role requirements. 
  • Listing your skills is a part of a CV. Laura stated that a lot of people write their skills yet dont demonstrate them. This is something that makes your CV stand out more and shows you can do specific things rather than just telling the employer a list.
She also went through other elements of the CV such as the personal profile which is a good way to set a first impression, and introduce yourself and your interests in 3 simple questions. 1.Who? 2.What do you do? and 3. What are you looking for? 
This workshop made me think about CV's differently and I know that I can book an appointment with the career advisors when I come to producing my own which is useful.

Today, was my follow up meeting with Laura. I had filled out my self awareness table which I had written the projects I had done and what Skills I had developed from these. This helped to see which Skills I have developed over the years of being at university and which skills need improving so that I can have a wide range.
I had also researched into the different areas that I could potentially enter after Graduation, yet I still don't really know what I would like to do.

With this, Laura tried to narrow it down and I spoke about the elements of projects over the years of University that I have enjoyed. Exhibitions and Galleries are places I like to visit, and my own practice is project based also. With this, Laura suggested an Arts Administrator type of job. And the next steps would be to look at volunteering in a gallery in order to place myself in the specific environment and see how it turns out.

Another element she suggested to look into was events planning and organisation. I can explore different events and fairs to volunteer at and maybe look into some specifically to do with photography. This allows me to test different working environments, which some may work for me and some may not. However, putting myself in the environment is the best next step and also allows me to network with like minded people and also a variety of people from different backgrounds. 

Creating a Website

15 April 2018

The idea of creating a website has been with me for a while now, but I've never really known where to start and also wasn't fully happy with the work I was creating.

Finishing second year I had created a few series of work that I was really happy with and knew would sit nicely on a website. Going through third year has also created my Final Major Project which again would take up space on my own website.

I start using Instagram at the start of my third year, setting up a page specifically for my photography. After using this for a while, as good as it is, as my work is project based, it was becoming hard to upload photos together, often resulting in me not uploading anything. Also instagram isn't designed for photographs to be viewed as series and I found it to be limiting in the various ways I wanted to present my work but couldn't due to its grid format.

This is when I decided I needed a photography site to display my work and allow the audience to see my work more easily and how I want to present it and also it could be used as a portfolio in the future for jobs, reviews or even competitions.

I discovered I already had access to Adobe Portfolio as I had the photography package. After picking a template and spending a good few hours adjusting various elements so that it was how I wanted it, I got a final product I was happy with. Then I spent another few hours, planning and creating pages for each project I want to show. I started with 4 projects so far from my second and final year, but I have a few more to add in the future.

Sequencing and Dummy Book no2

5 April 2018

Thinking about my final display for the Graduate Exhibition, A book accompanying my work on the wall would work well in showing a bigger picture. My project had various different areas that all link, yet this can not be shown on a wall so a book is a perfect way to include the various elements.

With this in mind, I began to spend time with my images I had printed and started experimenting with sequencing. Throughout, I also sketched out a rough plan for the book that I can then produce and print to see how well it works when looking through it as I normally would.

I created my first dummy book just on the computer, so having the physical prints were a slightly different method than previously but it was useful being able to move, add and take away different photographs easily to see what worked and what didn't.
I started by collecting up all the prints I had from various shoots over the year and sorting them into categories of the different shoots. I then narrowed some piles down further so I could see the different areas I had photographed. This helped as I then could locate specific photos easily when sequencing them in the images below. I also used plain A4 paper as the separate pages of the 'book', that I could then move the images about on.   I kept some of the images from the first dummy book the same, however, I also took into consideration the feedback from my interim and from the Alumni. From the feedback. I have added in some images that seemed to be missing from my first dummy book.