Published on February 4, 2014 | by Alana Maytum0
Industry ‘speed-dating’ event offered to 3rd yearsA ‘speed-dating’ style networking event for third year undergraduates at UAL is to take place at LCC on February 19.
Industry professionals will be on hand to give advice to the soon-to-be graduates.
The project is a collaboration between SUARTS and LCC, the latter of which is responsible for the funding.
It will enable students to come face to face with professionals and allow for cross-course networking amongst the students themselves.
The aim of the event is for students to gain an insight into what to expect after graduating, and see how others tackled the challenges they are currently experiencing.
It will be free to attend, however students will be required to register prior to the event. Once registered, students will have the opportunity to choose who they go on a ‘date’ with, and will be matched up with professionals most suited to them.
Amy Cook, LCC engagement officer and the brains behind the event, said: “UAL and the SU have been criticised for not organising networking events for students, so I am hoping this event will be the start of a better networking culture.
“The deans are pulling in some big names for the night. I hope this will turn into an annual or termly event,” she continued.
The names of those expected to attend have not yet been announced. However, Cook promised a range of successful professionals, ranging from recent graduates to those with 20 years experience in their field.
James Macdonald, dean of Academic Development and Quality, is responsible for LCC’s involvement in the project and commented: “We’re delighted to be working with Amy and the Students’ Union on the Industry Speed Dating Event.”
He added: “The industry speed dating event is one of a number of ‘co-production’ initiatives that the college is supporting this year, where our staff and students work together to identify and implement enhancements to the student experience.”
The event will be from 4pm to 8pm in the canteen on Upper Street at LCC on February 19th. There will be limited spaces for the third year students, with an expected 150 spots available.