Elizabeth Smallwood, the Placement and Employability Ambassador with Creative Careers 2017/18, looks back over the past year at her role and looks forward to the great things to come!
Creative Careers has been a fantastic part of my final year that I will never forget.
The end of the academic year is in sight and Summer is just around the corner. For me my time at University is almost over! But it’s not all doom and gloom and reminiscing – I’ve got great things to look forward to!
Of course, I’ll be shaking my tassels at Graduation with my classmates, holidays, birthdays, long, Pimms filled summer days… and a job!
I’ve been lucky enough to be asked back by Red Apple Creative to continue my work as the Audiobook Production Assistant! I am thrilled to being going back to the most incredible team and a job I absolutely adore. I love working in Central London as the possibilities are endless – if there is one thing London is not, its quiet! I feel so grateful to graduate safe in the knowledge that I have a job that is relevant to my degree and that I know I will enjoy.
Without my Placement Year, I would not be in the position I am now, which reinforces the idea to me that doing a placement was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made whilst at University.
One thing I was known for at my placement was the fact I loved to nap whilst at University. I mean, who doesn’t? After a stressful 2 hour lecture, you head home and have an afternoon catnap before catching up on Netflix. When I left my placement, I was embarrassed by the amount of colleagues who came up to me and said, ‘are you looking forward to your afternoon naps again?’ I admit, I was.
But, actually, I haven’t napped once this year, which I think is a true mark of becoming an adult.
Creative Careers has been a fantastic part of my final year that I will never forget. I have loved working alongside such a dedicated team, helping and advising students who are in the same position I was two years ago. I hope my advice has helped those who have popped in for a meeting or a chat – I wish you the best of luck! If you are a first year interested in doing a placement, it’s never too early to start thinking about your CV and getting ready to apply. A great way to show how dedicated you are to employers is getting some work experience over the summer. You can pop into Creative Careers for a chat and some advice – I did!
One of the highlights of the past year has been watching the databases grow; seeing all the different opportunities available, with big and small companies, and thinking which ones I would apply for if I had the chance to do it all again. In total, I have uploaded over 1,200 jobs to the system over the past year, so don’t panic, I’m sure you’ll find something! Creative Careers is open all summer, and the closing date for finding a placement is August 31st, so you have plenty of time to keep looking after deadlines and exams – I myself didn’t find my placement until June.
My final year has been incredible – the level of support I have received from colleagues, tutors, friends and family has been invaluable. If coming back to University is something you are worried about after a placement year, take it from someone who has been there, it’s made my time at University better. This year, I have been so much more organised. I made new friends from my classes. I set myself deadlines which I aimed to meet, and found myself much more productive than my previous years. I knew to spend this year really embracing the opportunities that University had to offer; from student discounts, to cheap gym memberships (because the adult world isn’t quite so cheap).
I just want to take this moment to thank everyone who has made this year the best that it could be: the team at Creative Careers, the whole of the Eldon building team, my Creative Writing tutors, my friends and family, all those in CCI who as are enthusiastic about placements as the students, the students themselves, and the Eldon Cafe, for not having to ask what I want when I arrive for my afternoon Nutella frappe.