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The Crewing Company Delivers Career Workshop

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Members of The Crewing Company have co-delivered a career development workshop alongside TV and media industry expert Terry Smith.

The workshop was part of the MAMA Youth Project in East London, which aims to equip young people between the ages of 18 and 25 with the skills and experience needed to secure long-term employment in the TV and media industry.

Laura Davis, Account Manager at The Crewing Company and Marketing Executive Elle Finn co-presented the workshop. The participants were all enrolled on the MYP/Creative Skillset training programme to gain experience in the industry and become self-shooting researchers. As part of the training, they had to create their own project that explored a modern social issue, to feature as part of a one-hour current affairs magazine format show, 4 Reel. Their items ranged from gaming addiction to the social stigmas attached to homelessness, including an interview with the CEO of The Big Issue.

The workshop was divided into three sections; the realities of the employment market in the production industry, insight into the skills and personalities employers are seeking, and advice on presenting yourself for employment.

Within these sections four key issues were discussed. This commenced with CV construction – particularly the do's and dont's with accompanying examples. This was followed by guidelines on the ideal covering letter and what should be elaborated upon and what should be thrown out. From this, interview techniques and what to expect were brought into focus, including a mock-interview exercise with peer review. Lastly, the workshop explored the concept of professionalism and presentation on social media profiles, especially LinkedIn. This was a popular topic with the trainees as the digital era enables so much scope for employer investigation.

Image: The Crewing Company's Laura and Elle with Terry Smith and the MAMA Youth Project trainees.

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