After last weeks afterlife I was super excited to listen to one this week, especially as it was from a graduate at Cardiff Met, so I was looking forward to hearing any advice she had to give and listening to her story of life after graduation as it was something I could relate to!
Kathrine is currently a junior designer at Wilderness, a social media marketing agency in London. She described her job as someone who changes the dress of pepper pig and making gifs for Game of Thrones, all of which sound right up my ally and excite me to hear about the range of different design jobs out there. She began her job at Wilderness as an intern and mentioned how finding the job after uni wasn’t a walk in the park like she expected. It took Katherine 6 months after graduation to find a job, hearing her talk about this and her struggles during this time was almost comforting in a weird way, it was helpful to know its okay to struggle and that it will all work out in the end! The journey of the job hunt has been playing on my mind a lot recently so I really valued Katherines tips for after graduation, she even shared with us good websites to find jobs, which was also super useful to know! Kathrine kept a spreadsheet of every job she applied for after graduation, although this could be painful at times to see the list to grow, it can be beneficial to have a record of all the contact information. She said to make time for job hunting, approach it as a job itself and don’t be scared of interviews as they are not as scary as you think!
Kathrine started her job at wilderness as an intern, I hadn’t considered internships previously as I feel they can often get taken advantage of within the design world, however it seemed to work in Katherine’s favour, building up her confidence again and leading to a job as a junior designer afterwards. This will be something I defo consider now when looking for a job and experience! She also talked about her experience of living in London, Moving there is defo something I have considered for my life after uni when I eventually have the money too! It was nice to hear Katherine’s positive opinion of living and working in London, as I had also questioned if I would be too much of a little fish in a big pond, it seems now that everyone feels the same, which is calming.
She described herself as a print designer, and had made a conscious effort to avoid any sort of animation at uni (sounds a lot like me!) However it is now a big part of her job, which she had been supported through at work. This was also reassuring for me to hear, that employees don’t expect you to know and be amazing at everything. As long as you show willing to learn, you will be fine!
Following the afterlife session, we were fortunate to talk to Kathrine about our ISTD projects as she was awarded a merit for her submission 2 years ago! She said she loved the concept for my work and that I needed to make it super provocative and explicit. I also took this time to ask her about her experience during ISTD, she mentioned that she pulled it all together at the last moment, which although may not be the best advice was super reassuring to hear as recently I have been scared that I’m running out of time.
Overall Kathrine was so lovely and I really valued everything she had to say, I would love to get her advice of future upcoming projects and hopefully get the chance to show her my final ISTD. Afterlife’s with past students are my favourite as I find what they have to say more relatable to my circumstance, giving me hope that I will succeed after uni.