Lucy Ferguson studies Graphic Design at the University of Portsmouth and is currently working as a Junior Graphic Designer at Waterline Media based in Port Hamble. She shares the highs and lows of her experience so far and why she thinks a placement year can “change your mindset, attitude and boost your knowledge!”
Sarah Ryan studies BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology and is currently on placement in her role as software engineer at Rare Ltd. She shares with us her placement experience so far and why “There really isn’t a reason not to apply for a placement.”
Evangeline Papanicola studies BSc (Hons) Digital Media and is currently on placement in her role as Junior ELearning Developer at Sponge UK based in Plymouth. Here’s how she’s finding her placement year so far…
We are pleased to welcome Lisa Foote to the Creative Careers team. Lisa completed a placement at Debenhams and will be our Placement and Employability Ambassador for 2018/19. You’ll have a chance to meet Lisa and get advice from her about finding a placement over the coming year.
In the meantime, read more about Lisa’s placement.
I can’t stress enough the amazing benefits of doing a placement year. Spending a year in the industry is very different to studying your area of interest; it’s taking everything you’ve learnt and seeing how it applies in the ‘real world’.
If you’re in two minds about whether to do a placement or not, Lisa has some great advice.
Between second and third year students are offered the opportunity to take an industrial placement and gain industry experience that will prove invaluable after graduation.
After what felt like hundreds of cover letters, applications, and interviews I was incredibly lucky to secure a placement within the University, in the CCI Faculty. Over the past year I have worked with so many different people on a variety of projects, each one teaching me something new, and helping me to grow and achieve things I didn’t know I could, such as writing 16 student profiles, that were featured on the Graduate Show website.
Read Katie’s full blog post on the CCI Creative Space website
In this day and age of your digital footprint being firmly ingrained in our everyday life, employers will be looking at your Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and yes – Twitter!
Something that is really important on your placement search is working out if the job is right for you.