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Scott Walker

Corporate Partnership Manager, Tate Scott Walker profile picture

BA Theatre Arts

What made you choose Middlesex University?

It had a good reputation for graduate success and championed ambition and development.  From the very beginning of the application process, it seemed to put students first.

What attracted you to your course and made you apply?

The Theatre Arts programme has a fantastic reputation and Middlesex is one of the only institutions which combines practical learning with academic study and research. I wanted to be somewhere which allowed me to study through many platforms and learn from a range of lecturers and leaders.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

The balance of the course was perfect. Being able to study contemporary plays, Shakespeare, contemporary TV drama and theatre design all in one week was very unique. The diverse range of modules and learning styles was by far the most enjoyable aspect. I was able to learn so much in very short periods of time.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

My course thrived on students supporting each other, so being able to get to know my year group so well was a great memory.  Also I would say the final year. Most students dread the third year but it is a way of showcasing everything you have learnt as well as celebrating three very hard years.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you to get  where you are professionally today?

Throughout my course we always evaluated our work and ideas in the context of the professional world: how they would be received and discussed. By having the opportunity to do this, I was always thinking of my future and what skills I wanted to get from my course to help me when I graduated. There was always support and events in place to get you ready for graduation. My tutors were open to talking about graduation from year 1 and that allowed me to maximise my 3 years.

What made you choose the industry you work in and what are its pros and cons?

I always wanted to work in the arts and entertainment industry. It is a very difficult area to break into but it is diverse and rewarding and because you have to work hard to get opportunities it means you learn and develop quickly.

How did you get your foot on the career ladder post-university?

I maximised my tutors' contacts and the experience from Middlesex to secure internships and work experience. For me, it was about building contacts and experiencing the industry so I could decide what career path was best for me. 

After Middlesex I decided to go and study an MA but the skills I learnt from my 3 years were just as important as the skills I learnt from my MA when securing my first job.

What has been your defining career break or highlight to date?

Working for London 2012 was amazing. It was a gamble as I left my full time job for a temporary contract but it paid off.

What does the future hold for you?

I have been lucky enough to work for a range of organisations and events, including Ambassador Theatre Group, London 2012, The X Factor and now Tate, undertaking a variety of roles within events and sponsorship. 

I always thought I wanted to work within theatre and never dreamed I would go down the commercial route, but it was from maximising my time at Middlesex and beyond which showed me my potential and passion for this area. 

I think I will be staying at Tate for a few years, especially after taking on numerous projects in 2012, but I will always look to take on new projects on the side, as well as thinking about where I would like to head next.

What are the top three career tips you would give to current students and recent graduates?

Take every opportunity which is given to you, even if you think it's not for you – I did this and discovered my career path.

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