On precarious work

The Multi-Hyphen Method Hardback by Emma Gannon (2018)

According to LinkedIn, my profile is of ‘All Star’ quality. Before you close this tab and think I’m terrible, I have a reason for sharing this information. While I have strong communications experience, a list of endorsed skills, positive recommendations and a first class degree, what LinkedIn won’t tell you, and what I often feel hesitant to admit, is that my career to date has been made up of lots of temporary work.

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December reflections

Christmas Wreath on Green Door in Arundel, West Sussex

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks studying, seeing family and friends, watching festive TV, reading and resting. Imagine me covered in highlighter marks and mince pie crumbs if you like.

Here’s what I’ve been creating and enjoying this month. In January I’ll be starting a new monthly series featuring a selection of my favourite things in more depth.

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What’s the point of an arts degree?

Minimal work space - Creative flat lay photo of workspace desk with sketchbook and wooden pencil on copy space green and blue pastel background. Top view , flat lay photography.

Five years ago I was a fresher studying English and History at the University of Southampton. Now I’m halfway through a part-time MA in Cultural Management at King’s College London. I’ve gone from the Brontës to business plans.

Would I make the same choices again?

Yes, absolutely. Arts education can be incredibly interesting and rewarding.

During the summer I asked a few friends and contacts to share their perspectives on the value of studying for an arts or humanities degree.

Here are four key benefits:

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