Over the past six years, we’ve had over 25 work placement students join our core team at Trend Bible and we’re firm believers in the insights, inspiration and sheer hard work students bring to our team! Naturally, we try and support our local universities, colleges and schools through a number of initiatives from speaking at New Leaders conferences for schoolgirls, through to setting live design projects for universities and colleges.
Our rigourous interviewing techniques ensure we sift through the 40-50 CVs we receive per week to get the cream of the crop to come and work with us to learn about trend forecasing and how to develop high quality trend analysis skills.
“We’re extremely proud of the students we’ve had work with us over the past few years, some of them have become permanent members of staff, others freelance for us, and those in full time employment elsewhere constantly keep in touch with us,” explains Joanna Feeley, Trend Bible Director. “I do have very high expectations of degree level students and they work hard while they are with us, it’s a case of being able to think on your feet, problem solve and bring a positive can-do attitude. It’s very much the case that the students who work well here and really thrive put themselves on our radar for recruitment further down the line once they become graduates. I’m not just looking for qualifications on paper- it’s about being an exceptional, stand-out candidate, and I must say we’ve seen quite a few of these!”
We thought we’d let you know what our former placement students are up to now and how their time at Trend Bible has helped shape their futures.
Ruth Kelly, Project Coordinator, Trend Bible
“I completed my placement with Trend Bible during the summer leading up to my final year studying for BA (Hons) Fashion Communication. I think the most important skill I was able to gain from my placement was in the value of research, and an ability to spot patterns, group themes and identify stories from the research gathered. Since my undergraduate degree, I studied an MA in Multidisciplinary Design Innovation at Northumbria University before going on to work as Communications Designer at Mars in London in 2012.
Trend Bible taught me how to absorb large amounts of information and allow it to influence you as a designer on an intuitive level. I think this is enormously important for all areas of the design industry in order to be innovative and relevant. In 2013 I came back to Trend Bible to take the position of Project Coordinator.” Continue reading