Swansea Met's Taste Of The Real World
Meeting new creative talent is always inspiring, and it’s certainly refreshing to see universities making connections with the local business community. Swansea Metropolitan University called on James as a local representative from the commercial design world to give new graduates a bit of a taste of what’s to come through a series of mock job interviews last month. The students seemed to find the process helpful rather than horrific, James was even invited back to give an opening speech at the impressive Design for Advertising degree show. You can read the speech on our blog (or what James intended to say, at any rate!).

DBA's Professional Practice
James has been getting his own taste of the classroom, taking advantage of the training offered by the Design Business Association. James is now more clued up on business legal issues and has brushed up on his project management skills, which will no doubt be of benefit to the James Good team and clients alike!

UK World Skills - Through To The Main Event
Ed has been gaining an insight into the young talent in the world of web development through judging the team selection for UK Skills. David, who has completed some of his UK Skills training with the James Good developers, made it onto the team with ease and will compete for a medal at the international World Skills competition at ExCel London in October.

Mentor The Dragon
And apparently it’s never too early to dip your toes into the world of business. James Good will be taking on a mentoring role in the Swansea Bay Business Dragons 2011 competition. We’ll be helping a year 9 team from a local school to create and develop a business idea and marketing plan around the theme of the London 2012 Olympic Games. We’ll ease them in gently!

Partnerships between business and education are beneficial for all involved. The more commercial experience students gain in education, the more prepared they will be for life after education. Students who have had some exposure to the world of business are also likely to have a clearer focus and a better understanding of how to reach career goals. Of course it works the other way too. Young, fresh minds are a great source of inspiration and can inject fresh energy and ideas into a business.