Applied Creative Media (Digital Film and Video) students have recently taken part in a rigorous application and interview process to compete for a work experience placement within the College’s Marketing department as part of a module that focuses on building work based skills.

Students studying for an Applied qualification focus on developing their employability skills through a range of opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom. Those studying Applied Creative Media often aspire to progress to working within Advertising, Marketing and the wider media, with graduate jobs and apprenticeships in these sectors being much sought after. To prepare our students with valuable application and interview skills, the group were invited to apply for the role of ‘Communications Assistant’, with the successful applicant securing a work experience placement with the College’s Marketing team. This placement will focus on supporting the team with Hudd Fest, the welcome event for new students. This will take place after the summer exam series, preparing the successful applicant for their next steps ahead of the summer break.

The process mirrored a standard public sector application, with the group filling in a traditional application form, writing a personal statement in response to a job specification and submitting them by a set deadline. Candidates were then shortlisted and invited to a formal panel interview. During the interview, students were asked a range of relevant questions and encouraged to talk about their experiences – both from their college courses and any part time roles they may have held- as well the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about the role. The panel were incredibly impressed by the level of professionalism shown by the students, and it was a tough decision to choose just one successful candidate. In the end, two students were appointed and have been offered a work experience placement. Congratulations to Luke T and Abigail J-O who genuinely impressed the panel with their professionalism, experience and passion for the role.

All students were provided with feedback after the interviews, with some top hints and tips moving forward with upcoming admissions interviews as part of the UCAS application process. Samantha Daley, Communications Officer, comments “We were genuinely impressed with the level of applicants this year. It is clear from speaking to the group that our Applied Creative Media students are genuinely passionate about their studies and work hard both inside and outside of the classroom to become their best selves. We were particularly impressed with the level of experience that the group had with social media and the amount of viral content that has been produced by the group! Following a rigorous selection process, it was incredibly difficult to appoint just one successful candidate. Well done to all who took part in the experience!”

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