FuelRCA is the Royal College of Art professional development service.
We were founded in 2005 to help RCA students prepare for life after graduation, and to support RCA alumni as they set up their own practices or businesses and gain employment in the creative industries.
'The events, information, training, discussions and mentoring that FuelRCA offers provide an invaluable resource within the College. The Fuel website provides an excellent reference point for students and alumni on a range of professional development issues.'
– Rebecca Court, former President, RCA Students' Union
We help RCA students and graduates put their considerable talents to work in the world, in whatever way they feel is best for them. Complementing the discipline-specific support given by all RCA Schools and Programmes, we offer support on practical aspects of professional life such as job seeking, intellectual property and business skills, as well as personal 'soft' skills including confidence and resilience.
Everyone can access our website, and RCA students and graduates can make use of the Fuel library collection of 300+ books, and our College-wide events, workshops and webinars. We are currently unable to provide a Fuel drop-in service, but RCA students and members of AlumniRCA can get confidential guidance through the Fuel Helpline and Imperial College Careers services. For recent graduates, Fuel also runs the Royal Designer Mentoring and PwC Mentoring programmes (AlumniRCA only).
The FuelRCA service is in tune with national guidelines for enterprise, entrepreneurship and employability in higher education, including those published by QAA, HEA and NACUE Create.
So whether you want to set up a company, get help with finding a stimulating job, or hear how other creative people in the Royal College of Art community have succeeded, have a look around the FuelRCA website.