The Career Jamming Sessions held by UCLan invited The Old Courts of Wigan to make an appearance at their annual event this year in November.

The idea of cJAM is to connect undergraduates with business professionals in the areas of theatre, media, and journalism. Students get the chance to pitch to professional actors, musicians, and producers to win work placements in their desired industry - an opportunity of a lifetime! UCLan are proud to facilitate the fast-tracking of students onto a career path in challenging and competitive careers, and so are we! The Old Courts joined media maestro's from the BBC, performance professionals from The Lowry and business moguls from Manchester based record label, Ostereo. Representing The Old Courts was our very own Jess Rotherham who interviewed prospective candidates for the placement and took part in a Q&A panel where students could ask a bunch of art professionals anything they may want to know about the industry.

Jess commented onthe success of the event and enthused that the highlight of the day was how well the students pitched for the placements. “It was more than refreshing hear from students that have a really clear idea of what they want to do in the coming years, and how working for an arts centre may help them to achieve their life goals ”

Along with the interview process, guest speakers such as Graham Massey from 808 State and casting director Janet Hampson shared their journeys with the students and gave inspiring

speeches to a room full of bright-eyed students. Many students commented that the key speakers were very uplifting and gave them that little bit extra encouragement they needed to go for a career within the media and arts industry.

With over 140 people in attendance, over 60 placement opportunities were offered, with The Old Courts granting one to spectacular student, Savanagh McGarry - We would like to congratulate and welcome Savanagh to The Old Courts family. We will be keeping you updated with more news about Savanagh and working with UCLan.