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Kimia Abbassian

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  • LevelJunior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsArt Department Assistant - Teacher

About me

I am a recent Psychology graduate primarily interested in the combined use of psychology and art. During my studies I was engaged with a creative environment which enabled me to experiment with these disciplines, giving me valuable transferable skills. I believe that art perfectly complements therapy as a powerful tool for unlocking emotions. Equally, an understanding of psychology is key for creative industries. I also appreciate the value of charity: I volunteered for Oxjam music festival, worked for UNICEF, took part in the Great Daffodil Appeal and raised money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Having lived in four different countries, I have learned how important it is to be immersed in, and familiar with, culture and society. I am an open-minded, curious individual who seeks out new life experiences. I enjoy rewarding, challenging work and study and have a unique mindset that would be a great addition to any team. Languages: English, Swedish and Farsi.

Work history

Currently

Art Gallery Assistant

Sunny Art Centre

Jul 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Assisting with the day-to-day running of the art gallery. Learning about the contemporary art scene and explaining and selling art to customers. Conducting market research and advertising. Assisting with promotion, set-up and breakdown of exhibitions. Administration.

2017

Learning Support Trainee

FEDEA International Foundation for Autism

Feb 2017 - Jun 2017
  • Morges, Switzerland
  • Full Time
  • Using ABA techniques including DTT, PRT and PECS to increase language, communication, play skills, social skills and life skills. Creating a fun, patient and motivating experience tailored to each individual. Monitoring behaviours and implementing appropriate interventions. Tracking each individual's progress using reports. Liaising as part of a multidisciplinary team of behavioural therapists and teachers.

2017

Support Worker

Recovery Initiative Social Enterprise (RISE)

Sep 2015 - Sep 2017
  • Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Helped homeless people with substance misuse issues and mental illness reintegrate. Helped identify skills and goals which I would help foster and work towards. Organised social activities and workshops to create a social network within which service users could gain support.

2015

Receptionist and Building Manager

The Music Market - Arts and Media

Jan 2015 - Sep 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Worked for various music companies including Shazam, Ticketmaster and Live Nation. As first point of contact I developed customer service skills and company knowledge. Booked flights, meetings and set up the rooms with refreshments and projectors. Answered, amended and referred inquiries and directed visitors. Received and sorted daily mail/deliveries/couriers and performed other clerical duties. Made sure stock was up to date and tracked using Office Softwares.

2017

Teaching Assistant

Sugarman Group

Jan 2015 - Jan 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Worked in different schools to help pupils in need of additional support including those with special needs and those for whom English was not their first language. Worked alongside actors to produce alternative ways of delivering lessons and activities for maximum impact and enjoyment. Used various art forms such as drama, dance, painting and music as a communicative tool, especially when language was a barrier. Worked with a clinical psychologist who supervised me while supporting a student with EBD. Used group discussion to formulate student support strategies, including mood diary. Weekly counselling sessions discussing wellbeing of staff and students.

2015

Box Office Assistant

The Jazz Cafe

Apr 2014 - Jan 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Worked with venue managers, promoters, booking agents and music managers. Provided accurate event information and assisted in purchasing tickets for live music events for various venues. Liaised with artists, industry professionals and guests in person and remotely. Accurately operated the PCI Ticketmaster computer system, entered data and interpreted sales figures. Handled cash accurately in a loud, fast-paced environment.

2015

Play and Support Worker

Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground

Mar 2014 - Oct 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Made sure the children and teenagers in my care were safe and happy. Learned about various disorders, how best to communicate based on the disorder and how to pay attention to behaviour. Used art and music to help unlock emotions. Learned Makaton and trained in first aid, epilepsy awareness and safeguarding.

2013

Venue Manager

Oxjam Festival

Oct 2013 - Oct 2013
  • Freelance
  • Had the responsibility of managing venues by liaising with artists, promoting events, fundraising for the festival and selling band merchandise and tickets. Assisted other volunteers to make sure everything ran smoothly and on time.

Education

2016

MSc Clinical Applications of Psychology

Kingston University

Sep 2015 - Sep 2016
  • London, United Kingdom

2014

Managing a Music Business Enterprise Diploma

Music Business School

Sep 2013 - Apr 2014
  • London, United Kingdom

2013

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Goldsmiths, University of London

Sep 2010 - Jul 2013
  • London, United Kingdom

2010

3 A Levels A*-C

Portsmouth College

Sep 2008 - Jun 2010

2008

9 GCSEs A*-C

Bay House School

Sep 2004 - Jul 2008