• Many areas of art and design careers require good communication skills, whether it's meeting with clients or presenting your work. We invited Lucinda Worlock, then with Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), to lead a workshop in confident communication, and to share her conclusions in this video.

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    Confident communication (RCA only)

  • Industry Night was an opportunity for employers to meet graduating students from the RCA Schools of Communication, Design and Material. It started with a series of 'PechaKucha' project presentations by students representing the ten participating MA programmes.

    Industry Night (Kensington) 2015

  • Architecture Industry Night, held 24 June 2015 at RCA Battersea, was an opportunity for employers to meet graduating students from the School of Architecture during the summer Show.

    It commenced with a series of 'PechaKucha' project presentations by (in order of appearance): Alice Theodorou, Andrew Belfield, Boni Yuen, Clementine Blakemore (MA Interior Design); Guy Rochez, Ioanna Gkritzani, Qiheng Zhu, Corinne Guo and Zarya Vrabcheva (MA Architecture).

    School of Architecture Industry Night 2015

  • Art law expert and Art Monthly contributor Henry Lydiate and Chris Hammond,  Director of MOT International, discuss the commercial dimensions of a fine art practice: appropriation, copyright, cultural commons, commissions, gallery deals and more. The conversation was chaired by the artist and researcher Margarita Gluzberg. Watch Henry's Artlaw interviews with leading artists on these topics here This event was organised with the support of the RCA School of Fine Art.

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    The commercial dimensions of a fine art practice (RCA only)

  • Is your shyness or lack of self-belief holding you back? Impact coach Susie Hall offers advice on communicating with confidence.

    Confidence for beginners with Susie Hall

  • If you're undecided what to do after graduation from the RCA, or need some practical advice on how to get your dream job then Fuel's  employability event is for you!

    Dream job webinar with John Lees and Ben Curwood

  • John Lees discusses what 21st century employers want and how to access the hidden job market. Panelists are Peter Birtwhistle, Chief Designer at Mazda Europe (22 July) and Michele Gambarotto, Head of Design at Sisley (29 July).

    Dream job webinar with Peter Birtwhistle and Michele Gambarotti

  • Royal Designers for Industry (RDIs) visited the RCA Kensington Show to meet graduating students and discuss the RDI Mentoring programme which helps recent Royal College of Art graduates review their career options and creative business decisions.

    RDI Show tour 2014

  • How to make a great first impression on potential employers, commissioners and buyers at your RCA Show. With Rachael Stevens and Jessica Rayner (Printmaking 2012).

    Show Ready - making an impact at your final Show

  • "Just be obvious, be yourself – you don't have to be original when you have a conversation." John-Paul Flintoff uses improvisation techniques and down-to-earth advice to help teach skills for networking, negotiation and general communication. Here are some highlights from his FuelRCA workshop in the autumn of 2013

    How to have better conversations with JP Flintoff

  • David Parrish is a consultant, trainer and mentor specialising in inspiring and empowering creative entrepreneurs internationally with business advice and training and Author of 'T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity' www.davidparrish.com

    Self starters - introduction by David Parrish

  • Looking at the business potential - Duncan Fitzsimons, co-founder, Vitamins Design in conversation with David Parrish.

    Self starters with Duncan Fitzsimons

  • Building a jewellery label: from student to start-up - Lily Kamper in conversation with David Parrish.

    Self starters with Lily Kamper

  • Protecting the idea and commercialising it - Michael Korn, founder and designer, KwickScreen, in conversation with David Parrish

    Self starters with Michael Korn

  • David Parrish is a consultant, trainer and mentor specialising in inspiring and empowering creative entrepreneurs internationally with business advice and training and Author of 'T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity' www.davidparrish.com

    Self starters - summary by David Parrish

  • The initial business inspiration - David Parrish in conversation with Lucy May Tomlins, director, Pangaea Sculptors' Centre

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    Self starters with Lucy Tomlins

  • A CV and Linkedin workshop with career coach and consultant Zena Everett 

    Finding your dream job with Zena Everett - Cvs & Linkedin

  • Interviews techniques and etiquette with Lara Brotherton of The English Manner

    Finding your dream job with Lara Brotherton - interview etiquette

  • Defining the dream job – what does it look like? Top careers advisor John Lees in conversation with Sarah Douglas

    Finding your dream job with John Lees part 1

  • The hidden job market – A talk on mythbusting and problem solving by John Lees

    Finding your dream job with John Lees part 2

  • What if my dream job doesn't exist? Developing a proactive approach with Marie Milligan - An interactive workshop session that will help you define your personal mission and develop a strategy for finding the best way to realise your potential.

    Finding your dream job with Marie Milligan

  • Finding a dream job – where in the world is it? With international creative industries recruiter Antoinette Lemens

    Finding your dream job with Antoinette Lemens

  • An online seminar on managing your time and keeping on top of admin.

    Is disorganisation getting in the way of your practice? creative business consultant Mark McGuinness will draw on his years of experience working with artists, designers and writers to help you balance the demands of organising your life and producing your work.You can find more about Mark on his website, download Mark's free e-book Time management for creative people and watch the interview he gave to Fuel.

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    How getting organised can make you more creative (RCA only)

  • Is there a habit you'd like to embrace - going running, filing paperwork or emails, taking lunch, being on time, anything? Perhaps it's been on your mind for a while, but for some reason you never get round to it.

    BJ Fogg is a specialist in behaviour management and persuasion at Stannford University, and his method Tiny Habits has helped thousands of people completely change their routines and patterns in work and life, one tiny step at a time.

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    Tiny habits with BJ Fogg (RCA only)

  • This seminar aims to enlighten students and recent graduates about how employment is traditionally structured and to suggest a complementary/alternative approach to finding or making niche roles within the 'hidden' creative job market.

    Themes include:

    Do the right thing 2: How to get a job you'll love

  • A panel discussion with artists Doug Fishbone,Christopher Kulendran Thomas and others discussing creative and pragmatic approaches to funding your practice, from grant applications to alternative schemes.

    Money money money: A discussion on funding your creative practice

  • Recruitment specialist Antoinette Lemens on the creative jobs and careers that are out there right now, and how to get them.

    Antoinette began her career working for a design agency in London before joining the Concept Group in Paris. For 4 years she was responsible for visual identity and brand communication for the international Kenzo account.

    She then became managing director of Novamark beforecreating her own international recruitment agency, specialising in design and marketing jobs within the creative sector.  

    Do the Right Thing 3 - How to get your dream creative job

  • Connect 4: How to network, connect, charm and inspire

  • Further writing tips here: http://fuel.rca.ac.uk/articles/writing-about-your-practice

    Write up: How to communicate yourself and your practice in writing

  • A panel discussion with guest artists, designers and curators who will share their own experiences and thoughts on resilience and how to balance life and work.

    Life, a user's manual

  • A talk about the practical tips for artists, designers, researchers and communicators to create and find the ideal job for them.

    The speakers are Gwendolyn Parkin, staff psychotherapist at The School of Life and Laura-Jane Silverman, Careers Advisor at the London School of Economics. In the Chair is MA Service Design student Magda Rok.

    Do the right thing part 1: How to identify your job skills and talents

  • The second Fuel seminar of 2012/13 included personal insights and practical tips on building your personal and creative confidence from the RCA's Professor Jo Stockham, alumnus Robin Levien RDI and Gaylene Gould, a top coach from The School of Life. In the chair was Fuel's Lizzie Gossling.

    Self belief for beginners: How to be more confident about yourself

  • At the Fuel workshop Coach Yourself! on 20 June, Rachael Stevens showed RCA students and graduates a technique called 'the wheel of life'. This is one way of figuring out what areas you would like to be working on, whether that's in your creative practice, your financial affairs, or some other aspect of your life. Here she is demonstrating how the wheel of life works. 

    Coach yourself: the wheel of life

  • Where better to begin summarising our fantastic (though we say so ourselves) Dream Jobs event last Wednesday than to quote Laura-Jane Silverman, a careers specialist from the London School of Economics who chaired the event:

    “There are about 80 applications to every job position and some students are sending about 70 CVs a week. In the midst of a problematic job market it seems idealistic or lavish to say you can just jump into your dream job, but it is still possible.

    How to get your dream job

  • Monday’s workshop on presentation skills with PR specialist (and member of the Magic Circle) Nick Fitzherbert was a great insight into the essentials of presenting your work and communicating your ideas. His guidance applies to many different types of presentation, and the audience included students from art, design and writing disciplines. 

    Abracadabra! How to give perfect presentations

  • Time management guru Mark McGuinness, who specialises in helping artists, writers and other creative professionals cope with juggling priorities and organising their lives, came to see us before his very popular talk at the Royal College of Art to tell us some of his thoughts on how to get organised and take control of your time.

    Mark McGuinness on how to get organised

  • Psychoanalyst Darian Leader is currently getting media attention for his new book, What Is Madness?, but back in November 2010 he was at the Royal College of Art to discuss the slightly less scary topic of ambition – what is it, who has it, and is it a good thing? – alongside Professor Charles Handy, co-founder of the London Business School, Elizabeth Handy, photographer, Pratik Dattani, Economist and Chair of the City Hindus Network and design entrepreneur Clare Brass from the RCA's Sustain unit. Watch their very lively discussion here.

    Ambition - can I have it all?

    Top presentation tips for creative start-ups by Magic Circle member Nick Fitzherbert

    Life's a pitch with Nick Fitzherbert part 1

  • Top presentation tips for creative start-ups by Magic Circle member Nick Fitzherbert

    Life's a pitch with Nick Fitzherbert part 2