STRATFORD-upon-Avon College student Charlie Taylor is pursuing her dream career months before completing her course.
The 17-year-old from Harvington near Evesham initially applied for the role of Visual Content Creator at personalised vitamin company Nourished as part of her college course in which tutors encourage students to actively look and apply for jobs.
Her new role came to life after she wrote to more than 200 brands asking them to send their products so she could photograph them for her course project.
She spent an entire day in her garden using the sun and an A4 piece of paper to capture raw footage and then editing it on photoshop.
What started as a college project developed into freelance work which she still dedicates time to once a week alongside her new role at Nourished.
“They wanted full time, so I was honest in the interview and said I couldn’t yet do full-time because of college. And yet I got invited to a second interview,” she said.
After receiving a loose brief to create visual content for the company as part of the interview, Charlie buckled down.
With only three days in which to prepare, she sought out her tutors Nick Priest and Kim Malins who lent her equipment which she used to set up a studio in her bedroom as well as an Adobe account.
“I spent three days in my home studio capturing content and teaching myself Adobe from scratch by clicking on random buttons and eventually creating a 15-second long video ad using a chopstick which I was told by the company was ‘on brand’.”
The same night after presenting her visual content, Charlie received a call offering her the role and a subsequent call with the CEO, Melissa Snover, who told the ambitious student that she will fit in well with the company.
Charlie has hit the ground running, creating visual content with her new team, some of which has already been featured on the company’s website.
“I am taking each day as it comes, I wanted to get stuck in straight away with a job in the industry and I’ve got that job now. Student debt? No. Building a good reputation with experience? Yes, please.”