Hi, I’m Leah, a recent graduate from the University
Centre Wigan & Leigh College.
I studied BA (Hons) Graphic Design and I completed my
degree in June 2022. I then landed my first ever role in the creative
industries at Absolute Agency in Horwich in July 2022, where I am now their new
Junior Creative. A great opportunity with an amazing agency.
Landing myself this position seemed to happen rather
quickly. I had previously visited Absolute as a student through their Right
Aligned events and was immediately drawn to the exciting and vibrant
personality of the studio. The enthusiasm that the creative team projected was
inspiring; this pushed my passion and drive for design further, as I strived to
be in such an environment.
Absolute Creative Director, Simon Allman visited my
final exhibition at the College where I presented my final major
project, WMN - a branding and campaign project that focused on educating
young women on their bodies and encouraging them to feel empowered in
their own skin.
Receiving feedback from Simon was insightful, he opened my eyes
to various elements of design and ways in which my work could be improved. I
liked the fact that my designs were challenged, with the intention of making
them better. We arranged for a portfolio review and a tour of the studio, which
allowed me to meet the Absolute team and get a real feel for the
Within a few hours of leaving the studio I received a call
from Simon offering me the position of a creative. It felt so surreal. It was
always my dream to work for a design agency as part of a creative team, but I
never thought the opportunity would come to me this way.
Since being at the studio I have creatively developed and
learned so much already. Being a part of a team of creatives that thrive and
bounce off ideas and their passion for design is refreshing. I am encouraged
every day to push myself and my designs to constantly improve them.
When starting out in the design industry, you are
continuously reminded of how much of a fast paced career it is, how you may get
a brief one day and have your deadline the next. In most cases this is true,
but what I love about Absolute is that you're encouraged to create bold designs
from brilliant ideas; not just to have a quick turn-around. The studio itself
is an uplifting and positive environment which focuses on boosting your mental
and physical health.
If, like me, you’re new to the creative world and are looking to get your foot in the door, the best advice I could give is to be positive, passionate and smile. Creatives not only look for someone who has an eye for design, they want someone who is focused, driven and will bounce off the team. Building relationships is vital, make your mark. Your personality will shine above all else; and if you love design, then all of this should be easy!