8 September 2009 - 9:05am | posted by | 0 comments

New site offers creative graduates a helping hand

New site offers creative graduates a helping handNew site offers creative graduates a helping hand
The Digital Creatives website

A recent graduate of the University of Portsmouth has opened a website to help creative graduates find work.

Matt O'Shea (pictured) has launched the Digital Creatives website to showcase new talent even though he has already bagged himself a job as a digital media executive.

He said: "I was one of the lucky ones and got an internship within days of finishing my course and was then offered a full-time job two months later, but I wanted to set the website up to help others who are still hunting for work.

"The creative industries are extremely difficult to get into, and I noticed that it was harder than it needed to be finding graduates and students who were producing creative content."

O'Shea said the idea behind the site is to showcase the best in up and coming digital creative talent while also having input from digital media creatives working in the industry.

"Hopefully it will help [graduates] win the attention of the right people and get them job interviews," he added.

The site is not-for-profit and all the creatives featured can be contacted directly by potential employers.

O'Shea, who now works for London-based Intelligent PR, graduated with a 2:1 in business studies this summer. He asked a fellow former Portsmouth student, Alex Crooks, to design the website.

They have since contacted their old university to ask for fellow graduates and students to apply to the site to have their work featured.

Each week the site will feature two students or recent graduates and one industry professional working in advertising, post-production, graphic design, animation or other creative fields.

Helen Fuge, of the University of Portsmouth's department of employability, said: "We have offered to help Matt by providing student volunteers as his venture grows and develops should he need it."

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