Communication skills are at a premium in this digital age. Knowing how to argue a point, to think independently, to summarise, to write reports and speak well are all important skills. Ability and competence in English is the starting point not only for writing a good CV, but also for careers in journalism and advertising, marketing, sales and many other occupations.
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Ayesha Ghanshi is a Project Manager at Rolling Sound. She has had to be determined to forge a career in the arts. Her parents were opposed, and the head of Camberwell Art College told her she didn't have creative talent. Fortunately she didn't take their advice.
Tom Hegarty is a Director of Rolling Sound. "Our business has taken a long time to get where it is today... We didn't actually pay ourselves for the first three years." Having said that, he is not yet thirty and has a thriving multimedia training company with global expansion plans.
Simon Bennett is a Director of Rolling Sound. He's a musician who left university with a little funding for an education business for the audio-visual industries. It hasn't been plain sailing, but the company now has 20 full-time staff and 80 freelance tutors.
Lynn Carroll is the Community Development and Education Officer for Nofitstate Circus. She has had her own business travelling Europe doing street shows. Learning and performing circus skills changed her from being a painfully shy sixteen year old into an adventurous, confident adult.
Kevin McIntosh is a Circus Performer with Nofitstate Circus, specialising in aerial, fire and stilt walking. He came to the UK from Jamaica. He hadn't realised that you could have a financially viable career using arts or creative skills. "I never understood that I would be getting paid for this. I just started to do it as fun, as escapism."
Anna Sandreuter is a travelling performer with Nofitstate Circus. She also teaches circus skills. To get here she had to cope with injuries, a touring company that went bust and a dad who tried to pressurise her into doing something "sensible".
Martha Mascard is a Community Circus Coordinator for Nofitstate Circus. She teaches circus skills. She was a trapeze artist herself until an injury put her out of action for a while. "If I was still a performer I wouldn't have had so much time to become a teacher and I really enjoy that."
Naomi Dines is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and a practising Artist. She said her art teachers "made me think so hard it hurt". She was good at physics, maths and making things- so was set to follow her family into engineering, but instead she followed her passion. Now she combines these things as a sculpture.
Inge Van Lotringen is the Beauty Director on Cosmopolitan. Inge's story gives a lot of tips on getting into the media industry. She wanted to work in TV, "but it led to everything that came after." She says "if you work on things hard enough, you know, you go about it in a clever way and you push yourself, that you can make things happen."
Justine Southall is Publishing Director for Cosmopolitan magazine. "I had no idea that this job existed". She loves working in magazines and started by selling them. She thinks that all her experiences from working - in shops or as a waitress - were valuable preparation for her business career.