More about Neil
"I chose the School of Art & Design as it had a good reputation, and because this course had a sandwich placement year. I didn't attend an open day, but I studied at Nottingham Trent International College before joining my degree course.
"My tutors are really friendly and they always help me, especially my personal tutor. When I applied for my placement in New York, a member of staff from the Employability Team helped me with all the paperwork. This year I am writing my dissertation and my personal tutor gives me great advice.
"During my placement I worked as a production and sales intern for Oxford Apparel in New York. My daily duties included organising apparel samples and communicating with overseas offices.
"I most enjoyed the life experience, being able to experience a different culture and meet different people. I made so many contacts which will help me with my final year dissertation, and I was able to engage fully in commercial practice and further develop my understanding of the fashion industry. It also helped me to relate theoretical concepts learnt on the course to industrial practice, and has helped me to make an informed career choice.
"The best thing about living in New York were the museums, galleries, musicals, and public festivals. I also made lots of friends, which has made me want to move back there after I graduate.
"My placement has helped my employability as it's given me more confidence and enabled me to make contacts within the fashion industry, which I hope will help me to find a job."