Students who attended the Creative Expo on 21 March, hosted by HSDC, said the event gave them ‘a chance to see the different paths within the creative industry’.
The innovative one-day event, run by TSE Productions, brought together a wide range of organisations to showcase the diversity of the creative industries and gave students the chance to learn more about the options and progression in the industry.
HSDC Hair & Beauty students were at the Creative Expo showcasing the skills they have fine-tuned on their course.
Level 3 Hairdressing student Alice Linkhorn said: “The event today is good for students because it opens up the opportunities that are available and shows us what is on offer in the Creative Expo.
“If you know you can achieve something creative then seeing all these different sectors together can really help you to decide what path you want to take.”
Students from Vocational Drama and Acting courses were at the event watching the live performances.
Student Savanah Gilaj said: “I think this is a really fun idea. It means we can find out more about the different parts of the creative industry we don’t know about.
“I have enjoyed the performances and the virtual reality, that’s really cool. I want to go on to Drama School and this has been a good way to see what options I have.”
Student Abigail Barry said: “It has been nice being able to talk to people from different organisations, I feel like I have taken a lot away from it.”
A number of organisations including Solent University, Formaplex and the Chamber of Commerce showcased at the Creative Expo.
Work was also displayed by lecturer Paul Parsons, alumna and former HSDC apprentice Lauren Piper and current students.
Former apprentice and current employee of Havant & South Downs College, Chloe Hutchins, was at the expo representing ‘Apprenticeships at HSDC’.
She said: “The Creative Expo is a different kind of event to other events we host at HSDC.
“It is nice getting all the creative industries together and it is a great opportunity for students to get an idea about all the different careers they can go into.
“Today has been really successful; students seem interested and engaged and they are enjoying all the different performances that are going on.”
Samara Stanton, Managing Director at TSE Productions, said: “The Creative Expo is a one-day event that aims to inspire, connect and promote enterprise in the creative sector.
“It brings business and creatives together and features workshops, seminars and industry exhibitions.
“The Creative Expo is an opportunity to promote your business, network with industry professionals and inspire the next generation of creatives.”
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