Look for Opportunities to Join a Board

Evie Godfrey

Look out for opportunities to be on the Board of organisations associated with your field of work. This adds interest to your CV, can help you meet important connections and develop leadership skills. ● RESOURCE LIBRARY– A practical guide to board membership. ● RESOURCE LIBRARY– A good practice guide for Board members.   You can find opportunities to join creative …

Sustainability

Evie Godfrey

Here are some resources that you may find useful in ensuring that your business or practice is as sustainable as possible: ● ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND– Supporting cultural organisations and individuals to lead the way with approaches to climate responsibility. ● GREEN BIZ– 11 way small businesses can become more eco-friendly. ● CREATIVE GREEN TOOLS– Measure and track your impact with …

Ensuring Accessibility and Inclusivity

Evie Godfrey

Here are some resources that you may find useful in ensuring that your business or practice is as inclusive as possible: ● AGE OF CREATIVITY– Celebrating a creative later life across England. ● ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY– Guidance to make cultural activities welcoming to people with dementia. ● AMPLIFY– Practical tools to support your work amplifying children & young people’s voice. ● …

Growing and Developing Your Team

Evie Godfrey

If you’re managing a team or considering hiring, here are some useful resources: ● CIDP – Best practice in recruitment. ● CREATIVE & CULTURAL SKILLS – A best practice guide for working with the self-employed. ● CREATIVE & CULTURAL SKILLS – Best practice recruitment guide for creative leaders. ● CREATIVE & CULTURAL SKILLS – A mangers guide to apprenticeships. ● …

Networking

Evie Godfrey

Meeting other creatives gives you the chance to learn from others and may even lead to future work or collaboration opportunities. Find networks associated to your field online or join the Creative Wakefield Network to meet other local creatives. Other local creative networks: ● Leeds Arts University Creative Network ● Kerning the Gap: Female Graphics Collective ● The Yorkshire Mafia …

Mentoring

Evie Godfrey

It can be helpful to connect and learn from others who have had success as a freelancer or practitioner, run an established creative business in your field, or hold a more senior position at a related company. Here are some suggestions of places that you may be able to find a mentor: ● ADVANCE – Support for creative and cultural …

Be Proactive

Evie Godfrey

• Look out for industry-focused webinars, publications and newsletters – all great sources to stay relevant. Don’t forget to regularly check our news and events pages where you may find webinars and talks specific to your industry.   • Actively look for opportunities of how you can bring added value to your work. If you need to pitch your ideas …

Masterclasses and Training Opportunities

Evie Godfrey

Look out for Masterclasses in your field to build on your existing knowledge. Leading cultural institutions and arts institutions such as The Barbican, The Guildhall and The Royal Academy are good places to start.   Here’s a suggestion of other places to look: ● ADVANCE A range of creative industry masterclasses are held throughout the year. ● ARTISTS DEVELOPMENT A …

Ask your employer about CPD offer

Evie Godfrey

Some organisations will offer opportunities for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Ask your employer about what opportunities are available in your place of work.

Networking

Evie Godfrey

Meeting other creatives gives you the chance to learn from others and may even lead to future work or collaboration opportunities. Find networks associated to your field online or join the Creative Wakefield Network to meet other local creatives.   Other local creative networks: ● Leeds Arts University Creative Network ● Kerning the Gap: Female Graphics Collective ● The Yorkshire …