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The Grierson Trust’s DocLab 2016

The Grierson Trust’s DocLab 2016 took place May 16th-19th in Birmingham and our Managing Director, Irantzu Lau-Hing-Fan, hosted a workshop on the final day, covering CVs, presentations and all things “find-a-job”.

DocLab prepares new entrants with skills to make them job-ready and help turn their passion for factual storytelling into a reality. With support from the Trust, trainees will access a range of experiences and training to help them get that first foot on the job ladder.

The response to Irantzu’s workshop from the trainees in attendance was enthusiastic and they were left with plenty to think about: from their aspirations and paths to preparations for targeting companies of interest; from creating a cv and cover letter to defining some strategies to securing work.

After reading the trainees’ applications and CVs, and then meeting them in person, Irantzu found a smart group with great ideas, at different stages of education, employment and early careers. Some expressed interest in moving into freelance researching whilst other people were looking for work experience and entry level posts.

Irantzu had a wonderful time and found the experience stimulating: “It’s clear the Grierson DocLab is an excellent and well-run initiative that’s launching a group of promising talent into the industry. They’ll do The Grierson Trust and themselves proud. It’s a privilege to contribute to these transitions in people’s lives and feels like – you can’t get involved, without getting involved.”