Parents, guardians, caregivers… They are amazing, and in the afterglow of Mother’s Day (I was a good daughter, I sent a card and everything), I’ve started to think back to when I was applying to placements and how supportive my parents were.
Emily Haysom, a Media Studies and Entertainment Technology student is undertaking her placement year with The Walt Disney Company. Emily talks to us about her experience with working on different projects and what it is like working for the Mouse himself!
Jodie Howard, an Interior Architecture and Design student, chose the Placement+ for her placement year. Placement+ has given Jodie the opportunity to experience a range of roles at three very different companies on short-term placements. Jodie writes about her 3 placements, what it’s like to design a restaurant and why the training she found most valuable was the “training you don’t really realise is going on”.
“My role involves anything from coming up with ideas and designs for infographics, tip sheets and eBooks, to social media posts, direct mails and landing pages. Every day is varied.” Claire Dunford is studying Graphic Design and is currently on placement as a Junior Designer at Really B2B in Portsmouth. She tells us how her placement has improved her confidence and why she loves working for Really B2B.
Charlie O’Connor graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2016 with a degree in BSc (Hons) Entertainment Technology which included a placement year at Disney. He tells us how his placement helped him achieve a 1st and get his current job at AMC, the company behind Breaking Bad and Mad Men.
Denis, a Digital Media student, started his own digital design agency during his placement year on a Self-employment Placement Year option. He had a successful year and continues to run his business in his third year.
Denis encourages other students to take a placement year saying:
“There is a big difference between University theory and putting your ideas into practice.
You don’t learn to ride a bike by reading about it, you get on and try it.”
You’ve had the chance to over-indulge in pigs in blankets, Mum’s cooking and other home comforts over Christmas, but now you’re back at Uni where the days are getting a little brighter in the evenings, you’re starting exciting new modules and just getting used to writing 2018 on your work (and crossing out 2017 everytime). You’ve come back with a renewed energy, and New Year Resolutions you are determined to keep.