I’ve just started my first week at Purple and I‘m already getting stuck into office life. I’ve had a fantastic first couple of days under the guidance of Jess and the team. It certainly felt like a lot of systems to take in on the first day but everyone has been so accommodating they have made it so easy to settle in and get to grips with things. It’s also been great to be back in a work environment after over a year of Covid restrictions. The team has also supplied me with plenty of green tea!
I first became interested in content creation at college, whilst studying my A Levels in Graphics, Media Communication and Leisure Studies at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington. I had originally set my sights on studying an animation degree but soon realised that my real passion was Journalism.
Throughout my time at university I developed the fundamental skills I had gained from college, applying them to real stories and live briefs. My degree helped me come out of my shell and gain the confidence to interact with new people and hear their stories. I also really enjoyed creating blog content using my own research, imagery and artwork. My time spent in graphics at college also led me to have a keen interest in Adobe Photoshop which helped to enhance my university coursework.
I found myself writing pieces for the university website and social media team alongside studying for my degree. During the Summer months I managed to secure an internship with a fantastic company in Stockton called Creative Glass. The company was small but ambitious and gave me the opportunity to be creative whilst making me realise it was the sort of company I could see myself working for in the future.
In my final year of university Covid hit. I didn't think it would affect my studies too much to begin with but as things started becoming more concerning I realised my final year wasn't going to be normal - I still haven't been able to have a proper graduation! Luckily as I had been planning my final major project for months I was able to get my content together before lockdown one commenced. My live news week was turned upside down and ended up being done all online but this helped me adapt to the current climate. I ended up graduating from Teesside with a first class honours after a really tough year for all of us!
After graduating I began the job search and really struggled. I didn’t want to move far from home to somewhere like London and was getting increasingly frustrated with the amount of jobs going in the journalism industry that needed extensive experience. It seemed that junior roles were hard to come by and many students were in the same boat as me. In light of this I decided to take some time to do some freelance and passion projects.
This led me to doing some photography, web and social media work for some friends and also gave me the summer to enjoy spending time outdoors with my horses. After this year out I decided to get stuck back into the job hunt. This time I was more focused on jobs in local areas. I applied for many jobs, but again was having trouble finding a graduate role where I could develop the skills I had gathered throughout my time at university whilst having the guidance needed to work in a full time role for the first time.
That’s when I came across an advert for Purple Creative on Indeed, they were looking for someone to join their Digital Marketing team. The only problem was that again seemed like a higher position than I was ready for; but, the feeling I got from the team after researching them and the fact it was located on the beautiful Aske Estate, which I was already familiar with, made it seem like it was meant to be.
I managed to get through to an online interview stage where I was first introduced to Scarlett and Jess. I felt the interview went really well and Jess and Scarlett gave me a really good feeling from the get go. I came away wanting to become a part of the Purple team. I then got a call back from Scarlett who explained that my interview went really well and they loved my CV, however they felt I lacked industry experience.
Instead of letting me go they decided to tweak the role and offer the position as an Apprentice Junior Content Producer. I was still excited at the prospect of working for Purple and decided together with Scarlett and Jess that it would be a fantastic opportunity for me and that I was still interested.
I was ecstatic the day I got the email from Scarlett that I had been successful and was invited to meet with Phil and Allan, the company directors. We got to know more about one another and how I would fit into the team at Purple Creative. To my surprise at the end of our chat I was given a formal offer to start with Purple!
After a lot of careful consideration I decided to go with my gut as I had always felt Purple was the place for me as it ticked all the boxes. I felt Purple was an engaging, fun workplace with a fantastic, down to earth team. Its beautiful location was the icing on the cake and I just couldn't say no! I’m now looking forward to getting stuck into working as part of the team and expanding my knowledge further with guidance from such a knowledgeable, helpful and caring team. This is the start of a really exciting journey for me and I’m proud I’ve managed to secure a position with a great company like Purple Creative and I look forward to becoming a key member of the team!