"The events, information, training, discussions and mentoring that FuelRCA offers provide an invaluable resource within the College. The Fuel website provides an excellent reference point for students and alumni on a range of professional development issues."
Rebecca Court, President, RCA Students' Union, 2011/12
FuelRCA is the Royal College of Art College-wide professional development service, founded in 2005 to help RCA students prepare for life after graduation, and to support RCA alumni as they set up their own practices and gain employment in the creative industries. We complement the discipline-specific support given by all RCA Programmes, and describe our offer to students and graduates as: "We help curious, creative people up their game & make smart choices about their professional lives".
We believe our working lives are seamlessly bound to our personal lives. What does a talented artist or designer's personal vision offer to their clients, employers and society as well as themselves? And how will they bring their aspirations to fruition in their practice, business or employment?
We provide artists, designers, researchers and communicators - particularly at the early stages in their careers - with practical information and creative enterprise or employability skills, alongside inspirational insights into the experience of established alumni and other members of the RCA community.
Fuel themes include confidence, job-seeking and transferable skills, career development, entrepreneurship, freelancing, starting and running a creative venture, planning, marketing and selling, presentation skills, promotion, copyright and patents, finance, teamwork, negotiating, time management, work-life balance and the changing role of artists, designers, researchers and communicators in society.
We support students and graduates through this self-help website, the Fuel library collection of 300+ books, and a series of College-wide events, workshops, and one-to-one mentoring sessions, all designed to complement the discipline-specific support given by RCA MA, MPhil & Phd programmes and the work of the InnovationRCA Business Incubator. So whether you want to set up a company, get help with finding a stimulating job, or hear how other creative people in the Royal College of Art community have succeeded, have a look around our website.
The Fuel site is constantly growing. If you want a question answered or would like to write for us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently unable to provide a Fuel drop-in service, but RCA students and members of AlumniRCA can visit the Fuel Library Collection or obtain confidential guidance through the Fuel Helpline, Royal Designer Mentoring (Alumni only) and Imperial Careers services operated by FuelRCA. If you are a current RCA student, please talk to your Programme tutors for discipline-specific help with professional development.
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