My work placement journey

Hi, my name is Fouad and I’m a Shipley college student, I am currently studying an T Level course in Digital production, design and development. This is a newly launched two-year course, developed in collaboration with employers and businesses and is equivalent to 3 A levels. As a part of this course I have to complete 315 hours (approximately 45 days) of work experience. This is why I am currently volunteering and completing an industrial placement at an amazing media agency called Creative Thinking Media.

My experience at Creative Thinking Media

Since the first day at Creative Thinking Media, I have felt very comfortable as a result of the warm and welcoming environment the team created while maintaining a professional attitude towards work.  This made me feel excited to work with the company because of their positive and optimistic attitude.

Before working at Creative Thinking Media my knowledge of social media campaigns and advertising campaigns was very limited, however since joining the agency I have picked up quite a lot from my work colleagues and manager on what the media campaigns are and how they work. I have also learnt so much when it comes to social media campaigns for businesses who want to increase their customer base and promote their brand. 

Sometimes the work does get quite stressful and pressured as deadlines have to be adhered too but the team is always there to support me whenever I need any help, which is relieving as I have very little work experience.

After one month of working at Creative Thinking Media, I have gained many valuable skills and experiences which have allowed me to:

  • Improve my knowledge of digital media and marketing
  • Improve my professional communication skills
  • Implement all the programming skills I have learnt at college to my work
  • Feel more confident with the work I have produced 
  • Gain new skills and knowledge on social media campaigns and advertising campaign
  • Understand how a media agency works

How the college supported me 

Shipley college have supported me massively in finding and getting an industrial placement, they referred my CV to a media agency near me, Creative Thinking Media who then invited me to an interview which went successfully.

Not only have the college taught me all the interview skills I needed and found me the placement, they even provided me with a high-spec laptop which had all the latest softwares that I needed for the placement.

Thanks to all the professional and experienced tutors at shipley college who made the whole experience of getting an industrial placement very convenient and easy.


Volunteering/work experience is vital to anyone, no matter how high your grades are without experience you’re not very employable, getting used to working in an area in which you are interested in is vital for your future.

My experience at Creative Thinking Media feels like the perfect balance between serious work and a relaxed environment. It’s a professional media agency with friendly and welcoming staff who have made it an awesome experience. 

The key to enjoying your work placement is to be positive and have a smile on your face, this will improve the whole mood and atmosphere and therefore employers will be more willing to help and support you to become the most employable version of yourself.

Wishing you all the best! 

Fouad, Digital Assistant at Creative Thinking Media ©

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