Meet the Graduates, LSFM | Alumni on their Uni experience

Meet the Graduates!  See alumni advice captured at the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media’s annual networking event, for 2018-19, between former and current students. From the Graduate Question Time panel hear them reflect on what part of their Uni experience helped them in pursuing their passions. Designer Ian begins by confessing what job he thought he’d like to do …

On the panel: Class of 2007, Graphic Designer Ian Pook; Class of 2012, Photographer Steve Smailes; Class of 2017, Illustrator & Book Designer Jamie Hammond; Class of 2007 Scriptwriter and Actor Dani Moseley; and Class of 2016, TV Researcher Emma Bridgewood. Continue reading

Meet the Graduates, LSFM | Video Alumni Advice: Work Experience

Meet the Graduates! Watch alumni advice  captured at Lincoln School of Film & Media’s annual networking event, for 2018-19, between former and current students. First, see a brief introduction from the Graduate Question Time panel and find out where alumni are working.

Here on the LSFM Blog we’ll be running a series of clips from the Question & Answer session covering how competitive is the media field?; job search strategies; what are employers looking for?; how best to sell yourself on social media?; and more. We’ll start with a couple of graduates, Jamie and Dani, on their tips about gaining work experience. Continue reading

Hannah Smoker, Class of 2010 | Military Photographer

Hannah Smoker RAF PhotographerGraduating can seem like a joyous but also daunting process, entering the ‘real world’ of employment and fulfilling those career dreams. But the question I found was where do I start? After completing BA (Hons) Media Production at the University of Lincoln in 2010 I knew I wanted to pursue a career in photography or film, but didn’t know how to even remotely achieve it as well as be able to afford to live. There are a lot of free internships out there to gain experience but I didn’t have the savings or come from a location where I could do it living from my family home. 

So I decided to go travelling, visiting New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. Upon my return still none the wiser I continued in a trade I had worked in since a teenager, catering. But knew that although it had taught me a lot and shown me that a hands-on job role is what I would like, it was not going to get me closer to the world of media. I also tried my hand at family portraits and wedding photography but realised this was not the job that I wanted to pursue long term. Living in Lincoln helped me gain knowledge and understanding of other options, the main one being that the Royal Air Force has a photographer role, after deciding to join, I completed all the tests required and was on basic training within 6 months of sending that application form off.

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I haven’t looked back, it has given me so much opportunity in photography but also in so many other aspects.  Continue reading

First Thursday Club | Social 6-7pm, Uni of Lincoln Alumni

Our graduates are invited to a social event. Hook up with your Uni of Lincoln friends to catch up and connect. The First Thursday Club is an informal business networking opportunity for alumni, academics and staff of the University of Lincoln (UK). Book here: https://bit.ly/2rprMdi

The Uni’s alumni team said: It’s a relaxed event allowing members to raise the profile of their businesses within Lincolnshire and further afield. Every event is held in the Student Union Tower Bar between 6pm and 7pm. If any graduate would like to give a 5-minute talk then please do contact via email alumni@lincoln.ac.uk or call 01522 835 858.

The next event will be on Thursday 7th February 2019. LSFM’s graduate Zoe Easey, Director at Epix, will be the guest speaker on digital marketing. The other dates are:  Continue reading

Meet the Graduates 2018 | Reflections

Meet the Grads 2018Meet the Graduates is Lincoln School of Film & Media’s annual alumni event on-campus for students to connect with creatives from the working world. Former students from 2002 to 2017 shared their experiences, tips and advice with current students on the 14th November with a Question Time Graduate Panel and Networking. You’ll see clips from the event from a student crew with New Media Lincs soon. In the meantime, here are some reflections from final year students and graduates:

Jo AshmanJo Ashman, Class of 2002 works in television from X-Factor to Springwatch: The Mentoring programme and Meet the Grads are excellent initiatives. Getting to question people in the industry, actually doing the job you hope to do one day, is such a great opportunity for the students, one I wish I’d had when I was studying.” Continue reading

Media Mentoring 2018-19 | Industry and LSFM

Sean Strange Media MentorUniversity of Lincoln School of Film and Media (LSFM) officially launched this month its Industry Mentoring between 20 professionals and undergraduates for 2018-19. Each academic year, we confirm media mentors who’re available to volunteer time from their busy workload to support students who applied for this 1-to-1 employability opportunity. LSFM Mentoring started as a pilot, in 2014-15 with the Uni’s Careers Team, and now has over 40 professionals on its mentors’ database. The School’s proud that the majority of mentors are our alumni. See a snapshot of this year’s inspirational mentors in our gallery here.

Ian Pook, media mentor

Ian: Graphic Design

Ian Pook, Class of 2007 is a Brand & PR Designer based in Bristol. He has clients from M&S to White Stuff, and has been our media mentor for 3 years:  Meeting my mentoree in person was very good to build a more relaxed and productive relationship going forward. It was very rewarding for me personally and looking ahead to hopefully assist my mentoree achieve a job in the industry once they have finished their degree.  Continue reading

Meet the Graduates | Industry Profiles 14th Nov 2018

See who is planning to come for Lincoln School of Film & Media’s FREE industry networking event Meet the Graduates (MtG). See former students professional profiles on some of their experiences since graduating from the University of Lincoln (UK).

Our Grads (their work permitting) will spare time to be on-campus with LSFM students on Wednesday 14th November. MtG 2018 is your on-campus opportunity to connect with like-minded creatives, make industry contacts, share tips on jobhunting and collaborate on projects. 

LSFM STUDENTS and staff are invited to take their seat by 2pm in JUN0005 at the Junxion for the Graduate Question Time panel. Ask questions to our alumni who work – on staff and freelance contracts – across the media industry in big corporates, independents and have set up their own business. #MtGLincoln

Meet the Graduates, 14 Nov 2018 | Industry and LSFM Students

14th Nov @2pm in JUN0005 | FREE Industry Networking for LSFM Students

Meet-the-Graduates-logoLincoln School of Film & Media students here’s YOUR invitation to our annual industry networking event Meet the Graduates. On Wednesday 14th November 2018 take your seat at the Junxion, ground floor, in JUN0005 at 2pm. Ask alumni any questions about the world of work. Grads will share their experiences from jobhunting to freelancing and offer you advice. Then from 4pm to 5.30pm, at the Tower Bar upstairs, you can chat and make connections with professionals – sharing your ideas and exploring creative collaborations

Working graduates from 2002 to last year likely to attend (so far) are: Class of 2017, Junior Designer & Illustrator | Class of 2012, Freelance Photographer | Class of 2002, TV Producer and Director | Class of 2013, 360 Film Production Creator |  Continue reading

Holly Miechowski, Class of 2007 | Casting Producer’s Tips into TV

Holly:  Casting Producer , TV

Holly: Casting Producer, TV

During my Media Production Degree, I applied for work experience at a Birmingham based Production Company, Maverick Television. When I got the placement, I was extremely grateful for the opportunity, one that I believe I may not have had without the encouragement and support from my lecturers at the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media. It was a great few weeks, and I worked hard, making sure I networked with who ever I possibly could. It was exciting; I was working on the hit Channel 4 Series, ‘10 Years Younger.’  This is where I got to see how a Production worked. My role involved various admin duties in the office, helping with shoot prep (prop buying etc.) and also being able to go out on the shoot and see first hand how it all worked!

Following the work placement, I went back to University to finish my degree, graduating in 2007 with a 2.1. I then moved to Manchester where I knew there were plenty of TV opportunities, and also because, well, I wasn’t quite ready for the big smoke that is London! It was hard to begin with, I sent many, many, emails and letters, applying for Runner work. It was hard, there was a lot of competition, I had no employment history in the industry, only my work experience and my degree. Whilst I was looking, I signed up to a Recruitment agency, I didn’t really want to do anything other than TV work, but I had my rent to pay and I was no longer living on student loans!

TIP NUMBER 1: Continue reading

Media Mentors 2018-19 Gallery | LSFM Industry Mentoring

See just a few of our inspirational industry mentors. Lincoln School of Film & Media (LSFM) would like to thank all the professionals who kindly volunteer their time from the world of work to mentor a LSFM undergraduate. Commitment with a student-mentee is to have at least 6 contact times (in person and/or online) across an academic year. If you work in media and would like to join our industry mentors, in future academic years, details are here and you can register your interest at any time: LSFM’s_MENTOR_Registration-Form. Thanks.

Twenty mentors are required for LSFM Mentoring each new academic year.  We are proud many mentors are also Uni of Lincoln alumni. Here are some of our 2018-19 mentors.  Continue reading