SO, ANOTHER PLEECE IN THE CO. TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
My name is Saskia Pleece, I’m a 20 year old student living in Brighton. I grew up in Finland, as I am half Finnish, but I moved back to the UK for my A levels a few years ago. I’m currently studying Art and Design at Greater Brighton Metropolitan and working for Pleece & Co, but moving to Bournemouth this September to start my degree in Marketing Communications and Advertising.
DO YOU FEEL FINNISH OR ENGLISH?
This is actually a question I get asked all the time, and I still don’t know how to answer it. I feel equally Finnish as I do English, yet sometimes I feel foreign. You mould as a person depending on your surroundings, and I feel like I have gained traits and attributes from both countries. I have been lucky enough to be accustomed to two different cultures!
WHAT IS THE FINNISH EDUCATION SYSTEM LIKE TO GROW UP IN? (ASSUMING YOU TALK ABOUT THIS – PLEASE! AND COMPARE IT TO THE CRAP ENGLISH VERSION!!)
The Finnish eduction system is actually ranked “best in the world”. This is because Finnish schools give less homework, don’t have standardised tests and have an overall relaxed approach to education.
Unlike England, Finland only has public schools, you start at age 7 and emphasize that competition is not as important as cooperation. They also focus on racial and social equality within schools and education is free for everyone. This includes University degrees as well, which makes the University prices in the UK seem even more ridiculous.
The Finnish eduction system was ultimately great to grow up in. I learned in a relaxed environment where academia was not forcibly drilled in to you, which made me more creative and the person I am today.
WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS?
I am a creative person who loves art and design, and who is interested in learning more about the world of marketing and advertising. I love meeting new people and traveling around the world!
TELL US ABOUT THE COURSE YOU’RE STUDYING AT BOURNEMOUTH UNI IN SEPTEMBER (ASSUME YOU’LL ANSWER THAT MARKETING / ADVERTISING IS A PASSION IN PREVIOUS QUESTION!)
I am going to Bournemouth University this September to study Marketing Communications with Advertising. The degree is designed to produce “visionary marketing communications professionals” and I will be learning about branding, strategy, creative, research and analysis, media planning and general innovation. I am so excited, as the degree sounds amazing. Clearly the only downside is that it isn’t in Brighton!
WHAT WORK ARE YOU DOING WITH PLEECE & CO?
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOU?
Hopefully I will be working internationally or working for a successful agency after my degree. I might even start up my own, depending on what I become more passionate about. I am excited to work in this field and I can’t wait to see where it will take me!