It’s fair to say that the Citizen office hasn’t been this busy since that pesky virus appeared a couple of years back.

Over the last few weeks, we have welcomed a plethora of young talent into Citizen HQ. Both year 10 students – from local Worcestershire schools –  looking for relevant work experience in the development world, as well as a recent Nottingham University graduate looking for real world experience in the creative industry/agency world.

Let’s get to know a couple of the team a little better…

Name: Heather Turner

Education: Nottingham Trent University Graduate

Interest: Graphic design

What are you looking to get out of your work experience?

Having come straight from university, I wanted to get an understanding of what graphic design was like in the “real world.” Working for clients is very different to just creating what you like, as you tend to do in university, so this is an important skill to learn before jumping into the industry. 

Why did you choose Citizen?

I chose Citizen as I already knew one of the staff which definitely made deciding easier, and I had also heard good things about the company.

What have you enjoyed most about your time with Citizen?

I’ve enjoyed meeting all the colourful staff, everyone has been especially accommodating and friendly. The work itself has also been enjoyable and not at all stressful – yet! 

What are your next steps/what would you like to be?

I would love to pursue a career in graphic design, my next steps are to seek out whoever will take me on and throw out applications wherever I can. If my experience at Citizen is any indicator, I’m sure I will enjoy it.

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Name: James Mullarkey

Education: The Chantry School

Interest: Creative industries

What are you looking to get out of your work experience?

From my work experience, I was looking for the experience aspect of design work life and a general idea and concept of the area of work I’d like to pursue in later life.

Why did you choose Citizen?

After looking at the website I liked the feel of the company, its ethos, its work ethic and with the company’s work output as it was very much linked with the area of work I’m interested in pursuing.

What have you enjoyed most about your time with Citizen?

I have enjoyed gaining an understanding and overall concept of the individual elements hidden behind the scenes. This includes designing, advertising and production. I have really enjoyed getting stuck into the tasks the company has set for me and hopefully, they have recognised my efforts.

What are your next steps/what would you like to be?

I would love to be a designer but would like to go through the apprenticeship route rather than university.

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Name: Charlie Hale

Education: Wombourne Secondary School

Interest: Web & animation

What are you looking to get out of your work experience?

To get a feeling of what a proper working environment is like.

Why did you choose Citizen?

Because the idea and concept of working in a company that offers both web design and animation sounded like it would be a creative experience for my time on placement.

What have you enjoyed most about your time with Citizen?

The friendly atmosphere and welcoming environment of the workplace was very enjoyable. The Citizen team made me and the other work experience kids feel very much at home.

What are your next steps/what would you like to be?

I plan on pursuing a career in animation, as such I intend to spend my time honing my skills and practising relentlessly to become more skilled in this field of work.

Name: Joshua Sanderson

Education: Wombourne Secondary School

Interest: Creative industries – film

What are you looking to get out of your work experience?

I am looking to get an understanding of the environment of a modern workplace.

Why did you choose Citizen?

I chose Citizen as it would allow me to expand my knowledge and get a good feel for what it is like to work in a somewhat more creative role.

What have you enjoyed most about your time with Citizen?

I have most enjoyed the friendly and welcoming environment of the workplace and the people, they’ve made me feel very comfortable here.

What are your next steps/what would you like to be?

I intend to pursue a career in the creative industries, specifically acting and film. I hope to apply, and get cast in, various projects until more and more people agree to hire me and I begin to make a name for myself.

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We are thrilled to offer local students the opportunity to learn what life is like in the creative industries and an agency environment. This is part of our ongoing push to engage with local communities and groups, such as our ongoing role with Worcestershire County Council and our charity of the year – Forest Dogs Rescue

If you are looking for relevant work experience in design, development or digital marketing please don’t hesitate to get in touch to see if we can help out.