Professional and Creative Attributes Week for School of Art, Design and Architecture students

Switch on your potential
Raise your aspirations
Make a difference in the world

Throughout annual this event, you will have the opportunity to expand your future planning, enhance your employability skills and develop your knowledge from visiting lecturers, industry professionals, alumni and experts from across the University.
  • Learn more about yourself and what you have to offer
  • Learn to cope effectively with the pressures of work and manage stress
  • Meet and work with students from other programmes and disciplines
  • Learn how to make a positive impact in the world and the people around you
  • Turn your creative ambitions into a reality
  • Bring joy, happiness and wellbeing into your life
  • Try something new
See the listings below from earlier this year to get a taster of what to expect in 2023.
Monday 21 February 2022

Real Talk: Being a female founder and doing business differently with Jenny Evans

How to write a Business Plan with Yvonne Fraser

Positive Creative Activist with Chrissy Levett (Founder & CEO for Creative Conscience)

Additional sessions from The Careers Service and The Cube

Clueless: What to do when you don’t know what to do? With Pippa Waller, University of Plymouth Careers Service

Tuesday 22 February 2022

Miriam Quick; Journalist, researcher, author and musician explores novel and diverse ways of communicating data.

MA Introductions – MA Smart Urban Futures & MA Games & with Professor Katharine Willis and Rafael Arrivabene
10:00 - 11:00

Find your Ikagai: Your reason for being with Sarah Plunkett (Careers Consultant- ADA)

Lunch time Networking Event, Jabulani, Union Street
12:00 - 13:30

Speak Up,! How to Share Your Ideas & Be Heard! With Hope Timberlake

Additional sessions from The Careers Service and The Cube

Selling your skills effectively with Jonathan Robinson-Noades, University of Plymouth Careers Service

You had me at hello! with The Cube

How to prioritise your time from day to day, The Cube

Sharing personal information in recruitment with Pippa Waller, University of Plymouth Careers Service

Wednesday 23 February 2022

Paul Warwick: Developing as future leaders: Sustainability and Civic Engagement hub

The art of climbing mountains: How to make your passions into a reality with Sarah Plunkett (Careers Consultant-ADA) and Morag Noades (Healer & mindfulness practitioner)

South West Local Opportunities Fair

Enabling good team work with Jonathan Robinson-Noades, Student Development Consultant

How to create an easy lean business model for your business or freelance
16:00 – 17:00 

Filth & Grammar first look! The Comic Book Editor’s (Secret) Handbook With Shelly Bond.

Additional sessions from The Careers Service and The Cube

Costing and pricing a product or service, The Cube

Finding hidden vacancies with Jenny Wall, University of Plymouth Careers Service

Thursday 24 February 2022

How to build a Creative LinkedIn profile with Polly Macpherson

Effective project management with Jonathan Robinson-Noades, Student Development Consultant

Liz Fleming - Feel Good Foods to Boost Your Mood

Lunchtime visit to Alma studio Eat/Work/Art

Employer insight panel: Careers in the South West

Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice (Senior Lecturer in Immersive Narrative at MMU, and Play Researcher at games company, Dubit) and Rifke Sadleir (Co-Director of UX Design firm, DXR Studio)

MA Introductions - MA Publishing with Lynda Cooper

Colour as Storytelling with Kevin Kurytnik - Assistant Professor, Visual Communications Alberta University of the Arts, Canada

Additional sessions from The Careers Service and The Cube

Using your job seeking time wisely with Jenny Wall, University of Plymouth Careers Service

How to create an easy lean business model for your business or freelance with The Cube

Jam or Cream First? Decision making with Jonathan Robinson-Noades, University of Plymouth Careers Service

Friday 25 February 2022

MA introductions - Master of Architecture and MA Architectural Design with Professor Bob Brown & Dr Mathew Emmitt

A talk on interdisciplinary drawing practices, working with scientists and mathematicians with Dr Gemma Anderson
11:00 - 13:00

MA Introductions - MA Illustration, MA Design, MA/MSc Design Innovation & MRes Digital Art and Technology with John Kilburn, Peter Davies, Dr Alejandro Veliz Reyes & Dr Helen Pritchard

Creatives starting! - Understanding tax, accountancy and self employment as a creative with Dodie Bridges

How creative entrepreneurship ticks and ways in which to use adapt skills from one creative sector to another! with Michelle Noel

Additional sessions from The Careers Service and The Cube

Handy hints when starting a new job role with Siwan Tyack, University of Plymouth Careers Service

Wednesday 2 March 2022

Creative CVs: The art of self-promotion Competition 2022 with Sarah Plunkett, Careers Consultant for ADA
14:00-15:00 | RLB 206-207 

This week, I have learnt a lot about perseverance and continuity. I have learnt more about how to sell yourself and that your personal brand starts from now: everything has a knock-on effect. Kevin Kurytnik’s lecture stood out to me the most as it was thoroughly engaging and it has instilled me with confidence.

He pushed forward the idea of finding something you enjoy and really honing in on that, which is something that I hope will continue to push me forward and help me strive for the best.

To end the week, the Personal Branding lecture gave me an insight into the professional world and gave me the reassurance I needed to prepare myself for my career as a product designer.

Third-year student, 2020

Video: Polly Macpherson shares how successful the Professional and Creative Attributes Week has been in the past. 

Polly is Associate Head of School for Enterprise, Associate Professor in Design in the School Art, Design and Architecture, and Creative Industries Supervisor in the Sustainable Earth Institute's Low Carbon Devon project at the University of Plymouth, UK.

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The world is changing and new skills are needed for the future of work and for organisations to grow and develop.

With companies, organisations and freelancers all facing disruption from COVID-19 and other global challenges, creativity is needed more than ever.

Traditional skills, such as management are therefore being replaced with the need for innovation skills in order to find and develop creative solutions to the complex world we live in. These include competencies such as:

  • Analytical thinking and innovation
  • Creativity, originality and initiative
  • Leadership and social influence
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Ideation and risk-taking

Skills in self-management (such as active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility) have recently emerged as being very important.

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Top 10 skills required in 2025*

  • ; Analytical thinking and innovation
  • A Active learning and learning strategies
  • ; Complex problem-solving
  • ; Critical thinking and analysis
  • ; Creativity, originality and initiative
  • < Leadership and social influence
  • É Technology use, monitoring and control
  • É Technology design and programming
  • A Reilience, stress tolerance and flexibility
  • É Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation

There are many designers, makers, artists, illustrators and entrepreneurs who have made a measurable impact in the world.

These are everyday people who have found their niche and been able to rise up against the challenges they face to transform their own lives and people around them. The way they behave and approach the their life and work is essential:

  • they commit to continually bettering themselves
  • they form genuine and authentic relationships with others
  • they are able to communicate their ideas and spread them openly
  • and they are curious, focusing on future possibilities (not the 'here and now').

These are all behaviours that are explored and developed in the Professional and Creative Attributes week.

Connectivity, curiosity and enterprise are essential if you want to find full-time employment, focus on your practice, work freelance or set up your own business.

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