DIY LIFE SKILLS 2019 – Grow your creative skills with free workshops

We’re launching a programme of 10 unmissable workshops to help you develop your skills to work in the creative and cultural industries. The creative skills project formerly known as DIY HIGH SCHOOL is back for 2019 as DIY LIFE SKILLS.

DIY LIFE SKILLS gives our Queen Mary University of London students and our community vital extra practical skills for working in the creative and cultural industries. These include making videos, photography, tax, CVs, public speaking, social media for work and WordPress/blogging.

DIY LIFE SKILLS is supported by Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. The workshops are free for our students and our local community.

2019 Schedule

#1: MAKE POSTERS THAT POP: Graphics for CV, Instagram & Websites using Photoshop + Indesign

Monday 13 May

9-1pm – Beginners

2-5pm – Intermediate

Take your poster out of word and create stunning visuals for social media headers and print posters.

#2: TAKE GREAT PIX: Digital Photography 101 – Smartphone + DSLR

Tuesday 14 May 2019

9am-1pm: Beginners – Smartphone

2-5pm: Intermediate – Digital SLR

A picture is said to be worth a 1000 words and this is more true than ever in the age of social media. Join us for a day of photography with your smartphone for beginners and DSLR for intermediates.

#3: VLOG LIKE YOU MEAN IT: Video Production 101

15 May 2019 – Beginners / 17 May 2019 – Intermediate

Work with professional videographers to plan, film and edit a short film in one day with pros from Signature Pictures. The intermediate workshop will look at more advanced editing techniques and film production.

#4: DON’T USE WIX: Make a self-hosted WordPress website

Wednesday 22 May 2019

RR2

9am-2pm

WordPress is a professional platform for creating websites and blogs, forget clunky paid for services like Wix and get familiar with customising your site.

#5: INSTAWERK: Social Media & Online Networking

Wed, 29 May 2019 / 6-8pm

Social media = jobs & opportunities. Ignore it at your cost. This session will cover moving away from using social for well, ‘social’ purposes and look to how these channels can be used to network and make important career connections.

#6: CAROLINE THE CV WIZARD: CV Clinic

Wednesday 5 June 2019 / 4-6pm

Perfect your key marketing document: work in small groups to improve your CV with the help of Caroline Lisser and her years of challenging students to tailor their CVs for success.

#7: SHOW YOUR SKILLS: Portfolios, Showreels and Video CV

12 June 2019 / 4-6pm

Stand out from the crowd with a video CV or online portfolio.

#8: CONFIDENCE BOOSTER: Presentations, Verbal Communication

17 June 2019 / 6-8pm

Hate speaking in public? Build your confidence with this interactive workshop aiming to enhance your communication competence.

#9: 1-2-1 CAREER PLANNING MEETINGS

25-26 June 2019 / Various appointment times

Book a 1-2-1 appointment to get a bespoke plan for your needs.

#10: GETTING PAID/TAX: How to freelance, get paid and pay tax (And avoid fines!)

Wed 3 July 2019 / 4-6pm

The most boring subjects imaginable live and in 3D. But seriously, tax can be complicated so come and get this guide for beginners to the world of work.

Please note bookings are provisional and we will aim to ask you to reconfirm your attendance. Please only book for events you can attend. DIY LIFE SKILLS Events could be subject to change or cancellation.

If you have any questions or need help booking please email sed-web@qmul.ac.uk

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