DMU’s Freelance February will “really help” students, say Enterprise Team

By Matt Earth

The feedback for De Montfort University’s Freelance February has been “really positive”, according to the Enterprise Team’s co-ordinator.

Stacey Simpson said the event has been organised in response to the increase in DMU graduates working freelance or starting their own businesses.

“We’ve been offering a range of workshops and activities for students and graduates that will allow them to really upskill their knowledge,” Miss Simpson said.

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Mundeep Panayi delivers a speech on networking

Freelance February is an initiative new for 2017 run by the university’s enterprise team, which claims to have helped “kick start over 350 businesses” since 2005.

The new event, which is open to all four faculties of the university, began on February 1 with a talk in The Lounge of the Innovation Centre and runs until March 1.

Amy Maher, project manager of the Enterprise Team, helped to organise a networking session on Monday with Mundeep Panayi, the university’s career consultant.

Mrs Maher said she hopes to see more students attend the initiative as the month goes on.

“Students should attend these sessions because there are a whole host of opportunities and support being provided,” she said.

“They will really help anyone looking to begin working freelance.”

Mrs Maher said she is particularly looking forward to Google’s Digital Garage this week, where students will learn how to showcase their portfolios and increase traffic to their websites.

The Digital Garage begins at 10am this Thursday in Queen’s 1.10.

Miss Simpson said the positive start to the event could result in Freelance February returning in 2018.

“People have been interacting and engaging in the events. We may run it every year after,” Miss Simpson said.

A full timetable for Freelance February can be found here.

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