From #topperformer

How to see creative potential in what you do

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  One aspect of my job is supporting the Manchester School of Art sutdents with employability and work experience activities, and it is one of my favourite parts of my job.  What I love about our art students is how pro-active and inspiring they are, and how they completely immerse themselves in their ideas and creativity and work collaboratively.  My job is all about supporting, motivating and hopefully inspiring our students, and hopefully helping them see what they are truly capable of achieving.  However, I feel that I get so much out of working with these fabulous students, and their creativity is contagious and helps me grow within my role.

Time for a Career Change

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:When it comes to our careers I am a great believer of giving yourself the opportunity to explore, learn be creative and to work in an environment doing what you love most. Now I am not saying this will be an easy process, and you do always need to consider your nearest and dearest  when you are about to bring big change into your life.  Not forgetting, we all have different work/life needs to balance, so make sure the people in your life that are really important to you feel part of the process, and always make sure you are on the same page, when it comes to ‘big’ decision making.  Now all you need to do is go out and start sowing the seeds for your fabulous and successful career change.

How to find valuable work experience while you study

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  Perfect timing, as we are about to start a brand new academic year next week.  At open days, visit days, and through my 1-2-1 service delivery, I am always encouraging under-graduates to start building their work experience and personal/professional achievements early in their degree studies.  Year one of their studies usually feels like a long, long way away to graduation day. The small, large, amazing and everything inbetween experiences matter and can help to transform a mediocre CV to a ‘Wow’ CV.

How to find an ethical place to work in seven steps

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  Corporate social responsibilities, work culture and the ethical values of an employer are usually at the top of a job seekers wish list, and are just as important as the role/profession you are keen to pursue.  By investing some quality research time into your job search, at each stage of the recruitment and selection process will guarantee you have all the information you need at hand.  Not only will it help you the job seeker/applicant, it will also ensure that your applications are well personalised to each company you apply for or attend interview with.

10 Small Steps That’ll Help You Become the Best Version of Yourself

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  When it comes to make adjustments personally and professionally, and setting yourself goals, tentative, baby steps are the way to go.  Get to know your goal, enjoy each experience, and remember it does not have to be a sprint.

Art blogging: How to write a fantastic blog post

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  Blogs are becoming a very useful social media tool for employers to check an individuals creativity and writing skills,  Blogging is an activity that I encourage under-graduates to get involved in, through my 1-2-1s and is one of the first things I look for on a creatives CV.  If you are unsure where to start, start following some well established bloggers in creative fields/career sectors that you are genuinely interested in and keen to pursue a career in.  Then start thinking about the visual side of your blog and the topics/content you wish to include.  Remember a blogger should not be fearful of their audience contribute to their blog feed.  It is natural for like-minded creatives/individuals to start a conversation and contribute to topics that are trending.  Happy blogging!!

10 tips for writing your artist statement

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  This article provides some excellent advice for all creatives that are in the process of revising their CV.  It captures the importance of making sure all of your achievements are clearly highlighted, and that the professional/creative ‘you’ shines through your CV.

6 Things The Most Productive People Do Every Day

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  We all know we shouldn’t do it, but yet who can resist that need to switch on the computer and quickly skim the email in-box, Two hours later and we are still fighting the battle of the emails, and usually this includes added work tension,as we see the morning disappear, and creativity time or that report that required attention still waiting on the to do list.  Now I am not saying I am going to find this an easy process, but I am up for the two hour (okay, maybe I will need to start with one hour) delay before I start checking the inbox tomorrow.


Communicate your creativity

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  Within the world of work all of us will support teams which may also involve, working with clients.  This will involve working with individuals that will have different approaches to work, and skill sets.  Understanding that we all work differently helps individuals identify ways to make positive communication adjustments when involved in collaborative work.  Then sit back and see how successfull your outcomes can be, for you and your team.

Eight tips on how to make your interview presentation shine

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  Most of us get the ‘fear’ when the presentation word is mentioned.  But, with some research, creative thinking and this bit is very important learn to enjoy hearing the sound of your own voice you will be getting closer to actually enjoying delivering presentations.