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• I enjoy working as part of the team of 20 members, as well as being a responsible leader when required such as managing the store as part of my ‘step up’ training. I am encouraging and engaging with staff members, which assists in improving their efficacy at work. On the occasions when I am responsible for the shift, senior staff rely on me to manage and organise at least 5 members of staff a time, using my skills to problem solve when issues arise. I also deal with customers, and am able to utilise my interpersonal skills to maximise customer satisfaction. Recently my skills have been identified within Tesco and I was awarded a values award for my reliability at work, especially dealing with customers. On an average week at Tesco we serve around 7000 customer, opened from Monday to Sunday opened 15 hours a day. Throughout my three years studying at Nottingham Trent I was able to balance employment and educational commitments. I am able to take initiative because the environment is busy and fast-paced. I have gained the knowledge of working with food and an insight into product storage. I believe I am reliable, punctual and trustworthy.
• Summer work experience with Tag Creative in 2011 and 2012.Tag Creative is a photographic agency based in London. I assisted on photo shoots, and was able to take away pictures from the shoot and use the images to develop my skills whilst studying. This was a valuable insight into a professional creative environment and an experience in which I thrived. I was able to learn from the lead photographer, ask questions to develop my own ideas and knowledge, as well as contribute to the shoot.
• Versatility was required for this job as I was alternating from serving food, working on the bar and maintaining the cleanliness throughout the pub for both colleagues and customers. This role included promoting customer satisfaction in spite of the pressure of dealing with many people in what was often a hectic environment.
During my time at Sainsbury’s I worked in various areas taking on multiple roles. I was willing to be adaptable in each environment. On several occasions I worked at short notice to cover staff sickness.
I learned a lot about the theory involved in photography and deciphering what pictures depict. I gained insight into the interpretation of photographs, and spent a lot of my time presenting work, writing essays and interacting with fellow students during studio work.
This course gave me a chance to express myself. I am a visual learner, and I challenged my creative mind by carrying out different projects throughout the two years. Very fortunately, whilst being at Castle College, I was diagnosed with dyslexia and received the skills to succeed in academic challenges which I did not receive at school. This greatly enhanced my time at college. I learnt how to conduct research, put together suitable presentations and then present this information coherently to an audience. This gave me the confidence to work independently within academia. I also learnt a variety of Mac skills from using Microsoft word to Photoshop. I have further developed these skills and am extremely competent in using electronic media.
During my first year of college I was provided with opportunities that boosted my confidence with regards to art and design. I learnt skills that I built upon and use in everyday life.