I graduated from 6th Form College in the summer of 2007, with a decent set of A-levels to my name. Whilst higher education seemed the obvious choice, it appeared that working in the creative industry didn’t necessarily demand a degree, and that the market was saturated with inexperienced graduates struggling to find work. After further research and plentiful job enquiries, I shunned University and in January 2008; started work (aged 18) as a Junior Designer at Mudpie, a fashion trend forecasting service.

I spent 3 good years with the company, in which time I progressed from junior level through to being responsible for Mudpie’s marketing and promotional material for web and print; including a 36-page global Trend Magazine (circulation 40,000).

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I left Mudpie in September 2010 to go travelling. After exploring Toronto, California, Las Vegas and New Zealand; I joined up with the Barmy Army for the Ashes cricket tour in Australia. With the urn safely in my backpack, I had a few days in Hong Kong before returning to sunny England in the new year. As proud as I was to go solo around the world – ala Dame Ellen; I also managed to fund the entire trip myself, just about…

I returned from my jollies in February 2011 – nigh on broke! Freelance work kept me in the black whilst I set about forging my way into Advertising. As much as I enjoyed design, I realised I wasn’t making use of my best skill of all… PEOPLE! I needed something that not only fed my creative needs, but involved much more interaction.

In April 2011, I landed a 3-month role as a Campaign Manager for Media at Five by Five. With exposure to clients such as THQ, Electronic Arts, UKTV, WKD, and IOW Tourism, it was an excellent toe-dipping exercise, as I sought a change of direction. Unfortunately I found Media to be too restricting – there’s only so much fun you can have with spreadsheets! But it gave me a taste of where I wanted to be…

Since finishing at Five by Five in July 2011, my job search has proved unfruitful. I therefore decided to invest in some training, to back up my advertising experience and improve my chances of finding work. In September 2011, I sat the CIM’s Graduate Foundation Programme, run by the Oxford College of Marketing. I did this course with a view to study for the Diploma in Marketing; a degree-level qualification. My study would be distant and part-time, as I look to accelerate my knowledge of Marketing alongside a full-time job. But I’m yet to make a decision on this…

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  1. You are a very bright individual!

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