Your reports Find reports Where the hell do we begin? The Graduate Dream Where the hell do we begin? The Graduate Dream Convener(s): Pat Ashe Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations: This is just a list of what happened as it happened. It may not make sense. Grad jobs/internships – can you afford to work for free/ Are unpaid internships worth it/ Should you be told the ‘truth’ about jobs before you leave training/uni? University should be equipping you with the skills you lack (covering letters, taxes, cv writing) Student should be feedbacking, demanding change once they have left. How you do it? Working to live, finding time to make and create. Fitting your art around ‘real’ work. Support over funds. A graduate open space? Pooling resources among the grads. Meeting every one else who has just been let loose. Knocking on the big doors, pulling open the cracks. Why London? Create a new artistic community. A new place to make work rather than chasing those already here. Corporate connections – We can give you this, what you can give us? (theatre deli – example of strong connections to companies) Grab it. Living choices/ licensed squats – live for cheap. Sweet talk the council/local businesses – make them look good to get what you want. Connect the people. Drama school resentment – not teaching the basics. Are we lazy? Ask for it, don’t wait for it. ‘Know what you don’t know’ Admit what you don’t know, ask for that help. Don’t wait to be told you are good enough. Accept you are good enough. Feedback on your ideas with each other, share. The amount of freedom is overwhelming. Be liberated. You’re free. Focus on the positive, just go for it. Try, approach everyone. Stand on your own two feet. The freedom challenge, spoon-feed vs. challenge in education. Failure. Learning, embracing. A richer experience is fail more? Opens more spaces and avenues in your work. Danger making a better show? The scratch model? Whats wrong with being unfinished. Why say sorry? The pressure to make work straight away. 1 year before next flood of grads. Process is important at the start of your career. Make some shit work. Young companies, are we too easy on them? Looking at their possible future work over their current work. The link from maker to audience, ask a producer now, don’t wait 10 years to do it. How important is the spectator in new work/the reason for creation? That was it briefly.