Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Inspiring Talks

Today we had another interesting lecture from former DoJ student, Linsey McIntosh. I have really enjoyed these types of talks, where we get to learn about what route people have taken to get to where they are today. Linsey was very down to earth and discussed the concerns she had as a student, and I believe they are concerns that we all have. I too am worried that I won't know how to work on a real live project or know all the Adobe programs inside out. But she told us not to worry about what we can't do and focus on what we can. She has had to learn new skills fast but it has been a great learning experience for her. Another top tip I picked up on was how essential work experience is, Linsey believes she got her first job based on the 3 months work experience she completed during the summer months. I found this really relevant as recently we were spoken to about out summer placements. Unfortunately not everyone is guaranteed a place, but hopefully I am lucky enough to get one, as this goes to show how helpful they are in getting you a job.

Linsey went on to talk us through her first project; designing the interior for an orthodontic surgery. It was great to see her visual diary made up of photographs taken throughout the project. We got a real sense of how much work goes into completing such designs. She mentioned that working on this project taught her more than what she learned during her time at college. Therefore I think it would be great to go on a placement during the summer as it would give us all a glimpse of what working in the 'real world' will be like.

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