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How to shape the next generation

Drew Markou

Drew is a self-employed jewellery designer-maker whose work is exhibited internationally, as well as teaching the next generation of jewellers as a visiting lecturer. Here are his top tips for getting ahead in the jewellery industry.

Drew was able to shape how his course is run for future students during his time studying at the School of Jewellery. He got involved as a student rep, where he enjoyed learning how the university runs, interacting with staff and taking part in student forums.

What are your top tips for getting ahead in the industry?

Tell as many people as possible what your dream is, because the more people there are who know what you want to do, the more there are who can potentially open doors for you.

Continuously be passionate about what you want to do. You need to wake up every morning feeling really energised and happy about it. You’ve got to live your dream and that’s what's going to get you further.

Network as much as you can as well, because you never know how much you're going to learn from other people and how that will benefit you.

How can you get the most out of your course?

Take advantage of all of the facilities. Your free study time is the best time for you to get ahead. Get into the studios and take advantage of everything on offer.

What advice would you give a 16 year old wanting a career in your industry?

Do exactly what I did when I was 16 – really make the most of every minute of all the time that you have to study, get involved with as many other people as possible, and just enjoy everything that's going on. This is what led to where I am now.

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Visiting Lecturer, Birmingham City University

BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing,
MA Jewellery Silversmithing and Related Products

Drew came to Birmingham City University as a mature student and continued on to Masters level to think at a higher level about his work.

Since graduating, Drew has gone on to wow crowds at the RHS BBC Gardeners' World Live show, where his design was named 'Most Creative Small Garden', winning a Silver Gilt award.

"For me my MA was a milestone in achieving a higher level of education and thinking about the way in which I work. It was vital for me to gain a greater understanding about my own art and design work as well as a greater understanding of the context and industries in which it fitted.

"I decided to study this course because it was really renowned. As a mature student, I wanted to be really picky and selective, and this really was the best university that I could choose."