The design industry can be a tough nut to crack; agencies want relevant experience before they are willing to employ you, but fresh out of uni you have no experience. How do you get that elusive experience that all agencies want? The answer is summer work placement schemes!
Having done a few of these myself during Uni I cannot over emphasize the value of this experience, not only from an employment point of view but also from an educational perspective. University is a great learning resource, but it is limited by its academic approach and sometimes (industry) inexperience lecturers.
While at Uni I had two placements within Civil Engineering firms, this wasn’t the kind of work I wanted to ultimately form a career around. But the experience was invaluable and they helped shape my career ambitions for the future. Also while at Uni I was a member of the Formula Student club and Rose Float Build team, both practical hands on design engineering that provided a great deal of hands on experience.
Upon graduating Uni (after one job and a gap year) I got a summer placement as a graduate intern at 4c Design in 2010. The 3 month scheme was absolutely fantastic and cemented my desire to work in the design industry. During my time interning at 4c, I learnt a huge amount about the practicalities of design and management. This gave me a shiny gold star for my CV, but fortunately for me I was asked to become full time within the company and haven’t looked back since.
Since being made full time, I have now begun to play a large part in the selection of future interns at 4c and I am happy to inform you that this summer 2014 we will be running the scheme again to one lucky person.
It will be a great year to be in Glasgow with the Commonwealth Games, and as the designers of the Queen’s Baton. 4c is sure to be a great place to be this summer.
Advice I would give to applicants would be to follow the application guidelines (makes my life a whole lot easier and hence makes me like you more) and be yourself in your application. Let your CV, Portfolio and website reflect your personality and the best of your professional side. Also whether applying to 4c or any other position, put your all into your application. There will be lots of other applicants for this internship and you can’t hope to compete if you don’t give it your all!
Here is a brief video I recorded of 4c’s 2012 Intern, Hannah Jenkins talking about her experience at 4c Design.
And here is a video of me way back in 2010 talking about my impressions of the placement and what the internship is all about.
Interested? Know someone that might be? Follow the above link to learn how to apply. If you have any questions why not email me directly. Good Luck!