A Final Farewell

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.

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How to stay motivated during your job search – or placement search!

As the end of the year drawers closer, if you haven’t found your dream placement by now, I know it can be very demotivating. But, don’t give up hope!

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Hannah’s lingerie self-employment placement business continues after graduation

Last month the faculty’s CCI Creative Space blog featured Hannah Mitchell, one of our former placement year students.

Hannah, BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design, chose to do our Self-employment Placement Year where students can set up and run their own business with the support of the faculty and the University’s nest team.

Nest is the startup incubator, exclusively for students and graduates of the University of Portsmouth. Nest help to get your idea off of the ground, or take an existing startup to the next level, they offer expert advice and support, workshops, co-working space, networking opportunities, funding opportunities, and a whole host of useful resources.

In 2015/16 Hannah,  spent her placement year developing her own lingerie brand, Hayze. She graduated in 2017 and now, with the help of Nest funding, Hannah has exciting plans for Hayze, which you can read more about on the CCI Creative Space blog.

Placement experience: Designer at Really B2B – Claire, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

“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.

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How my Disney placement helped me get a job at AMC – Charlie O’Connor, Entertainment Technology

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.

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How my placement helped me get a graduate job at Topshop – Alex Marin, Fashion and Textile Design

A placement year “is the best time to get real hands-on experience” according to Alex Marin who graduated in 2016 with a 1st in BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design. In between years 2 and 3 of her degree Alex completed a placement year at Debenhams and she explains how this helped her in her final year and to get that graduate job at Topshop.


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CCI Employability Day: Not Just Another Careers Fair

Be a part of the first ever creative careers event in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI). Get a real insight into careers within the creative industries, speak with employers and get answers to your creative careers questions…

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