On Tuesday 19th October, Jellyfish spent the morning with the charity, Media Trust, who bridge the gap between young people in underrepresented communities and the creative industries. As part of their Creativity Works Futures programme, 18–24-year-olds, who are keen to break into working life, visit companies such as Jellyfish and take part in high-impact media masterclasses to broaden their understanding of the plethora of pursuits available and to strengthen their employability skills. After a tour of our contemporary Brixton office, we were proud to be able to host the group of young adults in the screening room and share with them some insights into how we operate and how we got to where we are today.
One of the things we emphasized throughout the presentation was that a job in a creative business is not limited to artistically minded people- there are a multitude of roles available, such as finance, HR, communications, and tech. The benefit of creative sector work is that it provides much more value than just financial reward or a ‘9-5 office job’- it is front-row-seats into how projects are made and a place where your skills can learn and develop. Hopefully the group from Media Trust could see that our working environment is a supportive, inclusive space where we care not just about the quality of what we produce but also for the wellbeing of our employees.
For some, the side of working in animation and VFX which requires knowledge of different complex software’s may sound intimidating and hard to approach. However, an interactive presentation from a young compositor on our team, Niall, allowed the group to have a go operating the programme he uses on a day-to-day basis. His training with NextGen Skills Academy landed him an apprenticeship and eventually a job at Jellyfish and the opportunity to have his name on the credits of a DreamWorks film, Spirit. The event was a great success; everyone left with smiles on their faces, and we even received keen emails from members of the group afterwards asking for job-specific advice.
Since Brexit, there is even more of an urge to infiltrate, approach and inspire young people living in Britain so that our creative sector can continue to thrive. The chance to visit and learn from Jellyfish will hopefully hold these motivated young adults in good stead for a job in a company like ours. Being a part of charity-run initiatives such as Media Trust is something we are proud of as it encompasses what we aim to represent as a company – inclusivity, diversity, and a willingness to learn.