I’m a third year BA Hons Business and Management Student, currently studying at Leeds Beckett University. My course is a placement course, which means that in-between second and third year, you can take a year out for working within industry. Doing a placement wasn’t something I ever considered, until I saw one job and an interview. Perfect!
On the day I turned up for my interview, so did every other business and marketing student within a 1500 mile radius. Not ideal. I didn’t get the job I applied for, although it did draw my attention to just how competitive the ‘real world’ is away from my university world of 10-hour weeks consisting of lectures and seminars.
Realising I needed a little bit extra to make me stand out from the crowd, I decided to spend my Summer holidays volunteering at a marketing firm to gain as much experience as possible. I fired emails left right and centre, and I came across Creative Shed. I liked their motto of moving business forward, and how unlike any other firms I had contacted, Creative Shed were willing to help.
I started working at Creative Shed in June 2018. It started off as a volunteer one day a week, however soon progressed to becoming a paid summer placement.
I have sat in on Skype meetings, met key clients, visited building sites to take photos and even photographed and attended events own my own. I was given my own projects to undertake, and these have all led to me learn whilst I work and prepared me for the world of working in marketing.
Working in a relaxed environment like Creative Shed has also meant I am able to utilise years of marketing experience from Marrieanne and Rosie, with no question ever being to obscure or silly to ask. Of course, if work ever gets too tense I have always been able to unwind at the games table that’s situated within the office, a benefit which I’m sure plenty of people wish they got from work!
Throughout my time at the company, the experience I have gained has being vital. I now feel that when applying for post graduate jobs, I am prepared and ready. No longer will I just be another applicant, thanks to working at Creative Shed my experience and knowledge will stand out.