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Alen - Student Services Micro-Placement


I was offered a micro-placement after successfully entering the University of Suffolk Student poster competition. I was asked to design an infographic for the Suffolk Life Mentor to make sure that the students are aware of their presence and know how to reach them. Having the opportunity to work with the marketing team during this micro placement has allowed me to gain a variety of skills including time management, planning and dealing with the team in charge of advertising.

I was able to create the poster with full freedom while making sure that it is what is wanted to be seen by students. This was an amazing experience where I was able to see how a design is created and how much planning has been put before it was put on public view, and I was also able to see how the brand's guideline is carefully planned out and all the elements along with the rules in creating a design.

I now work  for Maersk, within two weeks of starting this role I was promoted and given my own area and has a team he manages.  

I am also a Graphic Designer for FoodMapsBritain (which I also got from the university).

How did the careers service at University of Suffolk help you?

I have been working since I was 16 and in April 2020, I was made redundant by Carphone Warehouse. At this time, I was finishing my final year and this was the first time in my life I did not have a job, and during the middle of lockdown it was impossible to get a job, and that is when i reached out to Annabelle for help, ever since that day, Annabelle has been so amazing and so wonderful!

She gave me amazing advice, went through my CV multiple times, help me with my cover letter by suggesting what to change and write. I won a employers posters competition during my final year and i was given a 30 hr placement at the university which extended to 3 months. At the lowest career point of my life, Annabelle has been so helpful and very supportive.

I also met Jenni when i applied the apprenticeship programme and both Jenni Annabelle has worked so hard to help find a placement and a Job! I am very grateful for all they have done for me!

How did their advice help your employability?

Annabelle often would send me roles which are suited me and would always advice applying and is always willing to help especially if it is to check over the CV or cover letter which i have used on several occasions. After a few rejections, Annabelle’s confidence in me allowed me to keep going and the position at Maersk was also sent to me and which I became successful at the interview stage and I am very happy to be working for this company currently.

How would you recommend the service to a fellow student?

I did not use the careers service because I didn’t think i needed it, i was very wrong. We are blessed with an amazing careers team who goes above and beyond to help us. I would strongly advice everyone to contact them as soon as you can so you can get your future started! I have been able to work for the university of numerous occasions and it was all thanks to the Annabelle, Jenni and the careers team, i am also very grateful that even after my years at uni, I'm still offered help and support.

I have gained some remarkable experience and have made lifelong contacts.