Kirstin on Fullback and Friends | My love of working with and mentoring creatives is a part of my job, which I absolutely enjoy, and partner that with my love of LinkedIn, and I am a very happy camper. For me, LinkedIn is the perfect platform for creatives to showcase their work, and that may be in the form of a creative portfolio, or links to their work, and/or blog. Plus, LinkedIn provides a business market place for creatives to network, and work collaboratively.

So this week, I am going to let some amazing creative profiles speak for themselves, and I have selected profiles that showcase creatives at various stages of their careers. What all of them have in common is passion, and confidence in promoting their personal brands. I have chosen profiles that have a connection to the Manchester School of Art (MSoA) purely because the MSoA students are whom I mentor and this includes supporting them develop their LinkedIn profiles.
Common themes running through all of the following profiles, include ability to visually promote their work, up-to-date employment histories, eye-catching profile summaries, creative & technical skill endorsements, recommendations and following groups.

Emma McAndrew | Graduated 2002 |Manchester School of Art |BA Textiles in Practice |Knitwear Designer
Freelance knitwear designer following graduation, followed by design roles with high street fashion retailers, Dorothy Perkins, New Look and currently working for Miss Selfridge

Sophie Yesufu (Allan) | Graduated 2008 |Manchester School of Art |BA Textiles in Practice |Knitwear Designer
Established career as a knitwear designer, currently working for Dorothy Perkins.

Lois Albinson | Graduated 2012 – Manchester School of Art – BA Textiles in Practice – Knitwear Designer
Design intern 2012, established career as a knitwear designer, 2013, currently working for Visage Limited

Lucy Caton | Current Manchester School of Art under-graduate | BA Fashion
Whilst studying, Lucy has interned with Zhejiang Fashion Institute Technology (China) and Threads Styling, and worked for Graduate Fashion Week

Lydia Cook | Current Manchester School of Art under-graduate | BA Fashion
Lydia is working part-time, and organised fashion related work experience whilst studying.

2015 Manchester School of Art – Graduates – Ones to Watch

Hannah Wallace | Junior Menswear Designer @ Collective Apparel
Award winning fashion graduate, multiple fashion related experiences.

Cat Scott | COLLIDE: Solo Sci/Art Exhibition @ Cat Scott
Uses LinkedIn to showcase her commissioned work and creative briefs

Laura Kent | Fashion Embroidery Graduate 2015 | Freelance Catwalk Wardrobe Assistant & currently travelling backpacker
Seeks out every opportunity to grow creatively. Over the past three years, Laura has worked on so many amazing projects, that there are too many to mention. So, view her profile and see for yourself, just how amazing she is.

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