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Where are they now? Creative Industries students thrive after graduation

In a sea of articles and statistics lamenting the fruitless job hunt of the recent university graduate, the landscape can be intimidating and anxiety-inducing for those of us still in school. It may even turn the brightest of prospects off of pursuing a degree in the first place.

So, I am here to offer a glimmer of hope. The growth of a creative, knowledge-driven economy has offered valuable opportunities to recent graduates of Ryerson University’s B.A. in Creative Industries. I caught up with 3 of them to see where life has taken them after CRI, and how this versatile degree has helped prepare them.

Fiona Kenney - alumni
Fiona Kenney - MDes Student, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Pursuing graduate school after CRI, Fiona earned a coveted spot at Harvard, completing a Master of Design in History and Philosophy of Design. Her research focuses on the relationship between personal identity and built environment, and the responsibility of planners and architects to consider these relationships.

Fiona says the customizable and interdisciplinary nature of CRI prepared her for the MDes at Harvard. “Through my CRI career, I learned to speak the languages of multiple disciplines - I do that everyday here, working with architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and academics.”

Fiona encourages students to embrace the vastness of potential pathways Creative Industries offers. “I started the program thinking I wanted to work in fashion… through experimenting with different courses and activities I was able to find what I actually love!”

Olivia Amu
Olivia Amu - Junior Project Manager, Secret Location

At Secret Location, a division of Entertainment One Media, Olivia Amu has already started climbing the ranks. She is a Junior Project Manager at this Emmy award-winning virtual reality studio for emerging platforms, working on VR games including Blasters of the Universe, The Great C and Transpose.

“There are a lot of soft skills that you pick up from CRI that you may not identify right away,” Olivia tells me. “I took 4 management courses, and it was enough for me to pick up project management really easily.”

When it came to locking down a job, Creative Industries was able to help Olivia make connections and learn about the growing VR industry, where other candidates lacked the knowledge and network. “I was repeatedly encouraged to reach out to people who worked in fields I was interested in, and also to make connections with people I otherwise would have been too nervous to approach.”

Olivia’s genuine passion for VR and gaming lead a major media company to hire her and take the time to train her for her current role 3 years later.