Photography student snaps up job following work experience

10th April 2024

A Photography student from Stratford-upon-Avon College has secured an offer of employment after a successful work experience placement.

Jamie Loffman, 17 from Warwick, undertook a work placement with Redknows, a recruitment marketing agency. During the placement he was able to utilise his learning from his photography course as well as also develop a range of new skills.

Jamie enjoyed his work experience placement immensely and was happy to utilise and develop his photography skills

He performed a range of tasks, including helping to produce an ad campaign for Redknows’ sister company, and creating TikTok videos. Also, during a video shoot, Jamie was assigned a photography role to take stills of the shoot.

Work experience is an integral part of the course; ensuring students are getting practical experience in the industry alongside their studies. Jamie really enjoyed the experience. He comments: “I liked the marketing side of things; it was an avenue of career I’d wanted to explore more of. I got to learn in a good and interesting environment as well as use and develop my creative skills. I feel like this experience has put me further ahead than where I’d imagined I’d be at this point in my learning.”

Jamie knew he wanted to pursue Photography as a career, which is why he chose to study at the College. He is pleased he chose this route over other options: “College is much better for me as a place to learn. You get treated more like an adult and get much more creative freedom. The regular chances to participate on work experience placements allows me the opportunities to practise the skills I have learnt in class.”

He continued: “Also, this work experience has opened contacts. I have met so many new people and was able to develop my LinkedIn profile. It’s so great to be a part of it and get myself out there!”

Redknows CEO, Neil Rudolph, was extremely pleased with Jamie’s work: “Jamie was an excellent addition to our team. Our business takes part in yearly graduate programs with students in the 2nd and 3rd years of their university degrees, but I can honestly say that Jamie brought enthusiasm, interest, and engagement to his placement with us which was as good as if not better than what we see from students 4 or 5 years older than him.

Jamie worked on web, video, and graphic projects, many of which have ultimately been implemented in some way since he left us. To that end, I’m also delighted to say that we have offered Jamie a part-time paid role in our business to complement his studies, such was the impact he made. He is joining us in a month, working two days a week as a member of the marketing delivery team.”

It’s wonderful to see Jamie focus his Photography skills and get a head start on his what is sure to be picture perfect career!

Find out more about the College’s Photography course: Photography