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THERE IS HOPE FOR REDUNDANT CREATIVES – you just have to put your back into it!

Hi, I am Jules, the Studio Manager. When I was asked to write a Blog for Big Cat, I was a little nervous. Having never done one before, I was at a loss what to write, apart from the joys of studio admin! But then I thought why not write about my experience getting a job with Big Cat, and what I think so far…

I joined Big Cat in Jan 2009. Made redundant from an in-house Studio Manager role – which was as corporate as they come – recruitment agencies told me I would never get an into an agency, I felt a fight rise in me. I had the skills, and I wanted to show an agency what I could do. So instead of waiting for recruitment agencies, I got on the case.4278_96820457473_672137473_2524555_2650555_n

I understood the fees for recruitment agencies. They are extortionate. Especially when you think that those fees could be going towards 3, possibly 4 brand spanking new macs! So an excellent selling point was that my next employer would have no hidden charges or extra fees, plus, I looked pro-active, before I had even stepped into the interview. I searched on google and contacted as many as I could. Then I stumbled across Big Cat’s website, and I liked it, so I emailed.
When Big Cat called, they had a position, and it was exactly what I was looking for. It had been 9 years since I had been interviewed so I was nervous of course, but I really surprised myself, I came across well, and I came away feeling exhilarated, and inspired. I remember the Director saying, ‘We are like a big family’, and at the time, I thought back to all the politics in my previous job, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The change in environment is a lot different. It is, well, like a family!
The first night out I had with BigCat was at the Old Library in the Custard Factory, we had the whole venue to ourselves, we had a gorgeous meal cooked by the Director’s, and were all dancing around with no shoes in this huge, stunning Gothic room to eighties music, it was such a contrast, it was amazing.

I think it is safe to say I am glad I was made redundant. And, for those of you that are in that position, take control, don’t rely on other people to find you work, be pro-active, and don’t stop until you land a great job too! There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and you are fast approaching… if you really want to be. It took me three weeks, that’s all.
In fact, go on to google now and help your self, it’s much more rewarding!!

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