Every student works and learns differently.
Here at JMC, with such a variety of creative courses, we see this on a daily basis. However, there are some qualities that you should be employing throughout your course to help you perform better during your studies, and on into post-graduation life.
Here are 5 qualities we have noticed in students who flourished in their course, and then went on to be successful after graduation.
Saying YES to opportunities
JMC provides students with a wealth of opportunities, ranging from internships, work placements, study abroad exchange programs and the chance to integrate with other students. By diving into these opportunities, you’re not only experiencing new things, meeting new people, building connections and adding to your CV; but you can learn more about yourself, including your strengths and weaknesses.
Knowing what you are, or are not good at, and what you do and don’t enjoy, can help you carve a stronger path to a successful career. Additionally, by working with other students and helping them with their projects, you can build connections during your course. Therefore, when or if you need help with something, they’re more likely to assist you back. So, say yes!
Not being afraid to ask questions
You are here to learn, so if you don’t understand something – ask. The tutors want to help you, and want to see you succeed. All of JMC’s tutors are industry professionals and still currently working in the industry, so they are passionate about the industry they are teaching. Therefore, the last thing they want to see is a student sat at the back of the class half asleep. Engage, ask questions, and show that you are interested, paying attention and as passionate about the industry as they are.
Know when your deadlines are and don’t leave anything to the last minute. This is vital for your studies, but also for your future. Being prepared helps you stayed organised so you can foresee anything that may go wrong and correct it before it does. Having spare time before a deadline means you can get advice and feedback on any aspects of your assessment you are concerned about from tutors or student support. Being prepared ultimately leaves you time to fine-tune and perfect your work.
Building a good relationship with mentors
Your tutors are your first industry connection, and your first stop for networking. They are also your best way to get internships and relevant work experience. So, be nice to them and show them your worth.
Designer, Andrew Barnum reiterated the importance of networking and making connections for a student’s growth. “That’s essentially what a career is – you’re just following a natural progression through the people that you meet”.
Working in the creative industries, this word is used time and time again. However, as Head of Animation and Game Development, Sean Callinan believes, “passion by itself is not enough, but it’s got to be the engine that drives you along, and employers look for that in the people they want to hire.” Being passionate about the course you are studying not only helps you work harder, but it is reflected in what you do, and can be seen by those around you.
Find out more about studying one of JMC’s 8 Creative courses.