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Career Ready @ NEoN

NEoN Digital Arts are very proud to have joined the Career Ready network. This network of employers and educators believe that every young person, regardless of background, deserves the opportunity to kick-start a rewarding future.

Through this programme, we have the pleasure of working with Katie Mcpherson from Baldragon Academy, Dundee, for the next 4 weeks. Katie is interested in developing a career in the arts but still exploring the possibilities. During her time with NEoN, she will be getting to understand first-hand the workings of an arts organisation, the work involved in preparing for a festival, along with gaining practical experience in photography, graphic design and social media marketing. Katie is getting professional photography lessons from Kathryn Rattray Photography, learning about lighting, framing and post-production. NEoN will be using some of Katie's work to promote its current theme and upcoming programme. So keep an eye out.

Katies images for T-shirt design

Punch card design for social media

About Career Ready  Career Ready aims to advance the education for young people, in particular through the provision of proven employability programmes delivered by volunteers from the world of work. Programme activities include mentoring, work experience, paid internships, skills masterclasses, career skills workshops and workplace visits, in addition to support and guidance to schools and colleges. They work with 4,000 active volunteers from more than 1,000 businesses covering finance, legal and professional services, science and technology, logistics, construction and the built environment, media and energy. They are well supported by the public sector, particularly in Scotland, and increasing work with third sector organisations. These employee volunteers deliver activities at 400 schools within the school timetable and act as mentors for students.

“We are a social mobility charity focusing on students at schools and colleges that face barriers prohibiting them from realising their potential. Our offer to young people gives them increased self-esteem, new skills and networks to achieve their ambitions. Employers work with Career Ready to give staff rewarding, structured volunteering opportunities and the chance to develop their own presenting, coaching and management skills. It is also a way for them to be active in their communities and to find talented local young staff.”
If you are interested in offering a young person an opportunity, get in touch with them here

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Image Credit: Experimenting with line drawing, designs for social media. By Katie Mcpherson