I am a BIG believer in inspiring and helping future generations of designers bridge the gap from University into the world of work. It’s a really daunting progression, and one I remember vividly.
Which is why I now make time to be involved in outreach work. It is something I have dabbled with in the past; managing work experience students, giving primary school class tours of 3D printing labs etc. But I wanted to step it up a notch.
I now volunteer as a student mentor at Bath Spa University, mentoring the Design students in which ever subject areas they choose to aid in the transition from graduate to employee.
Life after graduation is daunting, it is unknown. University is a very safe space to learn and grow, but I want to help students to grow that little bit further and help prepare them for the world of work. Areas I cover are portfolio reviews, interview advice and preparation and how to contact potential employers.
I have also, both currently and in the past been invited to lecture and tutor third year design students at The University of the West of England (UWE) based in Bristol. My first taste of academia was a little daunting to start with but I soon found my rhythm and slotted into a role as a tutor and lecturer well.
Outreach work is something I am keen to carry on, so if you have any opportunities to collaborate I would love to hear about it! Feel free to drop me an email at email@example.com