“Knowing that I wanted to be in the creative industry I studied art and design at Leicester College which further inspired me to study in higher education and get a degree,” said Charlotte, who was accepted onto a place at De Montfort university in Leicester.
“Leicester College influenced me to go on to study at university. Whilst some of my friends didn’t have the same aspirations at college, I became more independent, which has helped shape who I am and my career today.
“Initially I knew I wanted to be a designer of some sort,“Shortly after graduating I became a Junior Graphic Designer for a small company. I was then employed at the Next Retail Ltd head office in Leicester as a Content Editor for the company website.
“It was this role that then inspired me to combine all of my skills and become a Content Designer. In this role, I build and design landing pages for the Goldsmiths, Mappin and Webb Jewellery website and maintain site content using CMS.
“My career highlight so far would have to be being the content editor for the international mobile sites for Goldsmiths, which were first launched whilst I was in this role.”
Charlotte continued: “The greatest challenge is actually getting on the career ladder,” she said. “Initially when you graduate, whether it’s college or university, it’s a daunting feeling not knowing if you’re going to get employed in the field you want to go in to. You just have to keep looking and keep working for it. It’s important to get as much experience whilst you’re at university as possible, be it volunteering or paid internships. These really do help when you’re interviewing for your graduate role.
“I’d like to continue working within ecommerce, either in retail or technology based companies,” she said. “I’m not sure about my ultimate goal, I’ve been lucky so far and I’m enjoying it as I go.”