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Employability arts sector skills

Throughout this year we have had an opportunity to re-evaluate our lives and look at the direction we are taking. For some, we have experienced an involuntary change of life circumstances, and for others we have had time to reflect on the work we are currently doing, and question whether this is making us happy or fulfilled.

The aim of the Employability course is to build confidence in not only knowing where to search for a job, but also how to apply for a job, in a supportive environment. You will be encouraged to reflect on what skills you possess, which in turn will help you to fully develop your potential, recognising your own transferable, employable skills and talents to create a CV that you are confident in when applying for jobs.

You may be amazed to see how a passion or a hobby can be transferred into an exciting and inspirational job application, demonstrating desirable skills and traits that employers are interested in.


Over the course of three sessions we will:

  • Analyse your strengths and weaknesses
  • Research jobs in the sector from various sources and analyse skills required to perform them
  • Provide you with the skills to create a CV and cover letter that can be tailored to various jobs, ensuring key attributes for the position are targeted within your application
  • Analyse job descriptions to ensure key skills required are identified
  • Complete various types of job applications
  • Prepare for an interview, including having questions ready for the interviewer


This course runs on Wednesdays from January 13th to January 27th. Weekly sessions will be 7pm until 8pm GMT. This course is non-refundable.

Session 1: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Session 2: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Session 3: Wednesday, January 27, 2021


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  • Fiona Coombs
    Employability Lecturer

    Fiona Coombs holds a BA Hons Degree in Fashion and Textiles Design, she has worked in industry for 25 years designing for the High Street stores.
    Her career in the fashion industry enabled her to travel extensively, including long term secondments to Hong Kong and buying trips to textile manufacturing hubs such as India.

    Fiona was the Director of a Point of Sale design company for 20 years, having the sole responsibility for creating new markets as well as building and nurturing client relationships.

    She re-trained as a Lecturer in Fashion and Textiles after re-locating from London to Bath, and now teaches on the UAL Diploma and Extended Diploma in Fashion and Textiles Design. She also contributes to the Art & Design, Graphics and Product Design courses. Fiona is the Course Leader of the UAL Diploma in Fashion Business and Retail.

    Throughout her career Fiona has mentored and trained Junior Designers, Assistants and Students, and has leveraged her experience and knowledge of industry into her approach as a tutor and into the Employability Skills course curriculum as a whole.

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