#4TDays: Inspiring the Youth – Abi Stafford

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013|Guest posts|by ElexuCommunity

As promised, we’re back to share with you new Elexu’s features, fresh posts by our guest bloggers, and our latest discoveries in terms of young talents!

Let’s start with a new inspirational post written by Abigail Stafford, one of our loyal guest bloggers. Abi has collaborated with Elexu since last year, when she published her first post on Elexu’s blog, #Invisible Disabilities Day. There she shared her personal experience with one of those she defines “invisible disabilities”, and her reaction to raise awareness about it.
Continue reading to discover how Abi’s project is going on, and to know more about her new adventure at Channel 4′s 4Talent.


 

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Photograph taken at a 4Talent Day event.

Finding an internship, apprenticeship and a job is near impossible for today’s youth even with a wealth of qualifications bulking up their CV. Positions are very limited but even those that are offering work often require previous work experience, so how can we make our first break into work?

Well I’ve been traveling across the UK with Channel 4’s 4Talent offering opportunities to young people that want to get their foot in the door of the media industry by hosting workshops and classes with media industry professionals. We’re aware that many of the media orientated positions are often in and around the big cities like London and Manchester and we wanted to reach out to those in smaller areas across the UK. As part of our 4Talent Days Road show we’ve visited places such as Barnsley, Penzance, Dundee and Wigan to show how young people there can take advantage of the opportunities that are right under their nose – by using social media.

My role at the events is to promote the days on the 4talent social network platforms by tweeting using the @4talentdays account alongside the hashtag #4tdays and taking photographs for the Facebook page. I work as part of 4Crew which was a Channel 4 initiative of creating a young film crew. They offer us mentoring and helped us to get our foot in the door of the media industry by giving us first-hand experience.

Since attending my first 4Talent Day in 2011, Channel 4 has not only inspired but offered me… in achieving my goal of becoming a journalist. After learning from some great industry experts, I’m now working on a few exciting projects. I write my own blog about invisible disabilities called HideAndSeek Disabilities Blog which reaches a monthly global audience of thousands. I also regularly write for TMRW Magazine, a music and fashion magazine originally set up by a group of young creative as an online platform but is now stocked by the likes of Harrods and Selfridges and is soon to release its 5th print edition.

From what I’ve learnt, the real key to your success is how you portray and promote your professional self on social media platforms. With TMRW Magazine I helped to initiate a worldwide trend on twitter of #tmrwmagazine which increased our following dramatically and enabled us to connect and collaborate with existing magazines, fashion brands and even celebrities. Not to mention, I first saw my role with Channel 4 advertised on twitter offering a freelance position for a social networker – how fitting.

Using social media as a professional platform is a great way for you to instantly offer a portfolio of your work and get in direct contact with industry professionals without writing copious amounts of cover letters or sending a chain of generic emails. You can simply just drop them a 140 character tweet and within one click they can have access to all your previous work and success. It really is as easy and simple as that.

Author: Abi Stafford

Tweet me: @abistafford