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.

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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

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

LSFM End of Year Show | Festival of Creativity, Lincoln

Festival of Creativity 2018The University of Lincoln’s College of Arts is delighted to announce its second Lincoln Festival of Creativity from 21st May to 1st June 2018.  

You are invited to ‘Engage, Imagine, Explore’ at the Lincoln School of Film & Media End of Year Show. LSFM’s next generation of creatives are looking forward to seeing you at The Engine Shed, LPAC and Drill Hall in Lincoln. See the poster, by final year students in the LSFM Show’s design team, for details of where and when.   

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Media Mentors, Gallery | LSFM Student Opportunity

See some of our marvellous media mentors. Thanks to professionals who kindly volunteer their time from their busy work schedules to mentor a student from the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media. Commitment with a student-mentee is to have at least 6 contact times (either online or in person) across an academic year. If you’d like to be a mentor, details are here and register your interest any timeLSFM’s_MENTOR_Registration-Form

20 mentors are required for LSFM Mentoring each new academic year, so we check who’ll be available from our mentors’ database. Here’s a snapshot of some of our mentors and we’re proud that many mentors are our alumni! 

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LSFM Mentoring is a partnership between the Lincoln School of Film & Media and Careers & Employability. Continue reading

Tom Martin, LSFM | Photo Exhibit ‘Viewpoints’ 03 Feb-07 May 2018

University of Lincoln School of Film & Media lecturer and photographer Tom Martin invites you to a FREE exhibition at The Collection in the Usher Gallery from 3rd February to 7th May 2018:  Viewpoints bring together two photographers’ work – Tom’s Collective Visions and Faces by Andy Weeeks – within the documentary genre, highlighting varied approaches of documenting the world today.  Images define the world to us, and us to the world.”  Open daily 10am-4pm | Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN2 1LP.  

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Meet the Graduates 2017 | Vox Pop on Job-hunting

Thanks to our alumni who shared their experiences of the working world with Lincoln School of Film & Media’s students at our networking event Meet the Graduates (8th Nov). Head of LSFM Professor Steven Peacock said: There was a real buzz about the place. It was fantastic to see so many of our past and present students coming together to share news of such wide-ranging professional achievement.

On this vox pop our graduates give their job-hunting tips.

Thank you to LSFM’s New Media Lincs crew for this vox pop – on the shoot were James Foster (Class of 2017) & student Jake Hatton and the post production editor was student Jack Jolly.  Continue reading

Sean Strange, Class of 2013 | 360 Film Production, Mission Room

SeanStrange-360FilmProduction&delivery I graduated in BA (Hons) Media Production in 2013. I currently work for Mission Room Ltd as a specialist in 360 film production and delivery. I have produced films for Network Rail, Transport for London, a number of Universities across the country and recently created the new visitor experience in Cheddar Gorge, ‘Beyond the View‘.

I also freelance as a videographer and photographer for The Lincolnite. I was awarded an Associates of the Royal Photographic Society distinction for my work this year.  Continue reading