You may have noticed that I have not been able to blog as much as I would like to or as consistently as I used to for the past few weeks. This is because I was able to get a job in Graphic Design which is my dream career and I have been really enjoying my time there and I thought it would be worth sharing this with you guys!
So I sat my last exams at school back in June and since then I have been applying for jobs, writing blog posts and enjoying the holidays. Despite saying I would have loads more time when I left school, I honestly haven’t. I don’t mind, I love feeling productive and making the most out of my day. I have spoken about why I have decided against going to University in an older blog post It is an option that isn’t very popular with my age group and many schools push the route of further education meaning a lot of people don’t really know their options. I’m lucky to be brought up in a family that accepts whatever career path I choose. Honestly, I would rather be earning money than spending out loads on education (which in my opinion, I think it should be free), but life experience is just important.
My First Interview
So I went in hunt of an apprenticeship in Graphic Design. It is a career I have been working towards for the past two years. I went to two interviews in total, the first one was a mess from the beginning. The agency sent me the wrong address to a housing estate that was in a pretty rough area, so there I am knocking on a strangers door looking like a complete idiot. I didn’t hang around too long as I wasn’t comfortable in that area so I spent the afternoon shopping instead. No point wasting a tram ticket!
I was finally sent to the right address but it turns out I wasn’t going to be suitable for the job role because of my music taste! Have you ever heard such a thing, they said everything else went perfect but the company couldn’t see me fitting in well because I said I wasn’t a fan of heavy grime or rap… I was only being honest, let’s just say the next interview I had I was less inclined to mention my music taste.
Getting The Job
It was something that I was able to laugh about but was still a really weird thing to happen to my first ever interview. Let’s just say the next interview went amazing and it is where I am currently working now! It has such a calm atmosphere and I cannot get over how nice everyone is. I settled down pretty fast and I have become a wiz at Adobe Software, I really love using it. About a year ago I would have said I hated Photoshop I found it so overwhelming, but bit by bit I learnt what each tool does and then it became second nature. I’ve have begun using Adobe Illustrator at work and this wasn’t too difficult to pick up. I needed a bit more help at the start but I enjoy experimenting to see what would work best.
I would say this is the main reason as to why my blogging has been all over the place lately. Working 9 till 5 means there’s less time of an evening to write blog posts and I try to cram a lot of tasks in during the evenings. I think I am slowly getting on top of things, I just need to settle into a new routine and use my planner to really get the most out of every day. So bear with me while I work on my posts and really become organised once again.
The company that I work for does personalised gifts such as mugs, clothing and teddies. What I actually do at the company is really fun, as a ‘Junior’ designer I work alongside the senior who guides me on what would need doing that day. I have done quite a few designs that will be going up on the site so I think that is really cool. As well as working on social media there is a lot of variety from day to day. I have been there almost a month now and each day offers something new and interesting.
I recently met up with my closest friends for a goodbye meal as they head off to University so I thought I would gift them both a farewell present that summed up their personalities and what they loved. It was so nice to be able to design something on a computer and complete the entire process from making the mugs to handing it to them in person and I think it was very well received. So this is one amazing bonus of being a designer for the company and I can’t wait to see more designs getting made on products and being sent off to people!
So this was my journey from leaving school to finally getting a job in my dream career field. What was your first interview like? If you have a job, what is it that you do, I would love to hear!