On the 11th May, Horus Music attended at the Springboard “A Different Careers Fair” at the Loughborough University in the James France Exhibition Centre.
The success of the Springboard initiative shows that there is clearly a demand for a fair that includes areas not covered at the more traditional business, IT and engineering-orientated fairs.
The Springboard fair held last year had over 44 exhibitors and was attended by approximately 1200 students.
The last fair received positive feedback from both exhibitors and students alike:
‘Finally a more relevant careers fair’ – final year Social Sciences Student
‘It’s been a really useful day’ – first year International Relations Student
‘Excellent organisation! Great students, polite, friendly and highly employable!’ BPP
‘Very well organised and extremely efficient Careers Staff! Good range of students and far more than expected!’ Teach First
Why the Loughborough University Career Fair?
The Career Fair was a chance to network with representatives providing advice on job areas where formal graduate schemes are scarce, e.g. media, sport, arts, design, environment, public, voluntary sectors and music.
This year we had a lot of interest from students wishing to find out more about the company, and the Music Industry itself. We had a number of students ask us questions regarding careers within Publishing and Management, and how they could pursue this as a career.
Some students had no idea what area of the industry they wanted to work in but knew that they wanted a career within music. After investigating what is was they enjoyed about music, it was easier to pin-point a number of different career paths that they could look at and aspire to.
The beauty of the music industry is that it is very diverse are there are plenty of opportunities depending on what you are interested in. Do a bit of research and look at what you are most interested in and you may be surprised by what opportunities you find.
Internships and work experience can be a great way to ‘test the water’ and experience different areas of the industry, and start to build your own contacts, before you start full-time work.