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The Next Normal Episode 3 – Making a Career for Yourself

The New Normal is back for Season 2 – new title, same topical content and even more fantastic guests! Join Chris Webb and Helen Armitage from the Careers and Employability Service @SheffieldHallamUni for another foray into the world of work, as told by Covid-19.

This week, we welcome Dr Lynn Jones, Furniture Industry Recruitment Specialist and Careers Adviser to the (virtual booth), where we reflect on how Covid-19 has impacted the furniture industry, what students and graduates can do to adapt to changes within the sector and how design-related courses might be taught differently in the future.


Further Reading/Listening:

Finding A Job In The Furniture Industry Post Covid-19 – Dr Lynn Jones (BCFA)

Check out Lynn’s website via the following link.

The Design Student’s Handbook by Steve Rutherford and Jane Bartholomew

Don’t Get A Job…Make A Job: How to Make it as a Creative Graduate by Gem Barton (you can also watch her speak on YouTube here)

Material Matters Podcast – Grant Gibson

99% Invisible Podcast – Roman Mars

Our Presenters:

Helen Armitage – A Senior Employability Adviser for the College of Social Sciences and Arts at Sheffield Hallam University. Helen leads on the Hallam Career Mentoring Scheme and primarily supports the department of Art and Design with in-curriculum careers delivery.

Chris Webb – An Employability Adviser at Sheffield Hallam University, Chris supports the Gradvantage programme for final year students and graduates, as well as collaborating with the College of Business, Technology and Engineering on in-curriculum careers delivery.

Our Guests:

Dr Lynn Jones – Formerly Furniture Department Manager in a university with a leading reputation for furniture manufacturing in the UK, Dr Lynn Jones has helped hundreds of graduates find work in the furniture and interiors industry. With a large network of furniture companies, furniture and product design students, graduates and alumni, she now runs a recruitment service tailored to the furniture industry.  Lynn is a furniture specialist External Examiner at several universities in the UK and abroad. She also gives furniture career guidance, employability talks and graduate workshops for universities, colleges and trade associations. She has a PhD in Furniture Design and lives in Oxfordshire with her family.

If you are interested in any of the discussion points raised in this podcast or have suggestions for future podcast episodes or guest speakers, please contact Chris or Helen on LinkedIn!

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