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IPSE hosts Scotland’s first ever Freelancing for Students Event at Ayrshire College!

IPSE hosts Scotland's first ever Freelancing for Students Event at Ayrshire College!

In partnership with Bridge 2 Business, IPSE - The not for profit association representing freelancers and the self-employed - launched an exclusive event at Ayrshire College. Based at the newly developed Kilmarnock Campus, the event gave students across all discipline's top tips and advice on how to successfully launch a career as a freelancer.

On Wednesday, January 23, Students heard from guest speakers who shared their personal account of a typical "Day in the Life of a Freelancer." Comedian Chris Henry spoke to the students via video from his world tour, where he is currently gigging in Australia. He covered all the key tasks that you need to maintain when self-employed in true entertainment style, through a comical video message.

IPSE greeting students at Freelancing for Students EventIPSE greeting students at Freelancing for Students Event

IPSE who currently have over 68,000 members hosted a workshop on "Overcoming Challenges" as part of a series of practical workshops on the day. Students also heard from guest speakers;including Lucy Thomson of Coach Lucy and Jack Allan, Founder, 95 Social.

Lucy Thomson, Graduate of Ayrshire College shared her journey with Freelance work and the benefits of her learning during that time, which allowed her to develop her own business Coach Lucy.

Lucy Thomson, Coach Lucy Lucy Thomson, Coach Lucy

Jack Allan, 95 Socialgave a fantastic talk on how to "articulate your connection to a brand" and gave some great tips on how to utilise LinkedIn as an effective networking platform.

Ayrshire College students Ann McGiffen (Visual Communication), Scott Haddow (Sound Production), Mark Lynch (Photography), Sharlene Atkinson (Make up Artistry) all formed a discussion panel to share their own personal experiences with freelance work. This resulted in a positive and engaging discussion forum with the student audience and productive advice was shared whilst networking.

Jack Allan, 95 SocialJack Allan, 95 Social

Networking was one of the buzzwords of the day, and this further resonated during a workshop on "Top Tips for Effective Networking" which gave further insight into the opportunities to connect with potential employers.

For more information on the IPSE Awards and National Freelancers day please visit

For more information on the event and the Bridge2business programme available to Ayrshire college students please visit

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Photo credit: Mark Lynch

A Freelance style on the go packed lunch was prepared for all student guestsA Freelance style on the go packed lunch was prepared for all student guests

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