Plymouth Marjon University played host to Devon and Cornwall’s “Breaking into media” employability event, with more than 150 students from across the region getting expert advice on taking their first career steps.
The students met some of the organisations that might one day be hiring them, including BBC South West, Beagle Media, Channel 4, Ocean City Media, Pushed, Rock Oyster Media, Seadog TV & Film Productions, Silverstream TV and Twofour Post Production. Following four sector-related Q&A sessions, the students enjoyed a networking lunch, exchanging email addresses and making crucial industry contacts.
RTS Devon and Cornwall Chair Siobhan Robbie-James said: “It’s been a pleasure to see students from across both counties come together to talk about their great passions for creating content in film and TV, and to have representation from different elements of the industry to share their experience.
“We have spread the message of the RTS and hopefully the students will know there is a network there for them once they’ve left education.”
Broadcaster and marine biologist Monty Halls (My Family and the Galapagos) delivered a rousing speech to end the day, offering plenty of inspiration and encouragement for the next generation of South West creatives.
Marjon student Bella-Skye Taylor said: “It’s given us a confidence boost, knowing how to get into the industry and really widening our horizons of what we can do once we leave uni.”