FLUME - Mix tape.
Went to see @mrseaves101 exhibition tonight. She’s madly talented. Check it out at 118 oxford st, darlinghurst #typography #lettering #design #exhibition #art #sydney
I’ve been working on some branding for a new clothing label called Fiftysevenfox. Clare, Lauren and Nami are such an inspiration. Next week they will be launching their line and I’m pretty chuffed to have been able to create their branding. #design #graphicdesign #fashion #womaninpower #inspiration
Illustration by Rami Niemi for ADC Annual
Every now and then ex-students contact me for job-hunting advice (yup, in another life I used to be a lecturer in graphic design). So, I’m going to write about my recent job hunting experience.
Hold on tight this is a lengthy one… In April this year, I finally decided to book tickets to move to Melbourne. I was to leave in July. Finally! Because I have been talking about it for so long (for over two years to be precise!) I’d also heard a lot of success stories. In my early twenties (yup I’m old) I studied and lived in London for a couple of years so I thought to myself… moving to Melbourne will be a piece of cake. Earlier this year my sister Maggie landed herself a job as an account manager in Sydney within two weeks of moving - so I was feeling optimistic. July came around quickly and I jetsetted over to Melbourne. Luckily, my friends Tesha and Gareth had a spare bedroom and let me become their third wheel in their flat.
I immediately started contacting recruitment agencies - though I didn’t get placed in my current job by a recruitment agency - I still think getting in touch with them can be very valuable as they can give you a lot of great advice, and an insight into the current job market. I placed myself with four different creative recruitment agencies and I looked for jobs every day on various creative websites. Job-hunting can be a very demoralising experience. Soon my life was consumed by my growing doubts in my ability to land myself a job in the creative field. It was difficult as I had few friends in the creative circle, I had just left behind all my networks in Hamilton and I found that I had to start re-building them again - and that can be hard and takes time.
Meanwhile, my money was dwindling and my self-esteem was dying. Nonetheless, I never gave up; I kept on applying for jobs. I figured it’s just like shooting hoops, the more balls I throw at the hoop, the more chances I will get and there is bound to be one that is going to score. On the flip side, it was pretty easy to find a retail/cafe job - and ain’t nothing wrong with doing a bit of part-time work to keep the money rolling in as living expenses can be pretty high in a big city. So shooting hoops (my metaphor for sending CVs) finally landed me a job in Sydney (not my preferred destination, but… I figured my new job is worth the move), after three months. Yes, three months! Some will say that’s not long and others will say wow… that took you a long time. But at the end of the day, I finally landed a job in the creative industry, and it’s an exciting role that I’m loving so far.
So from this experience…
Here are some general job hunting tips:
So, here are my tips, I hope you find them useful. Like I said it’s different for everybody, I have friends that land themselves a job in the creative industry within a week; and others take longer. But if you’re like me and you can’t imagine any other career but design, then keep being persistent and don’t give up, work hard and find opportunities. I know it sounds corny, but it’s the truth! Keep your chin up and surround yourself with positive people!
If you’re looking for more advice, feel free to email me at email@example.com. Always happy to help :)
Illustration by Rami Niemi.
Yesterday I went to 'Sculpture by the sea' at Bondi. It’s an exhibition of sculptures (over 80) along the costal line. Pretty damn amazing. Here are a few snaps I took.
Yesterday was a gorgeous day by the sea. #takemeback #bondi #sculpturesbythesea #sea #sydney #vans (at Sculpture by the Sea)
Hello Monday! Am loving my limited edition gold foil @bronalexander “loyal” print! #print #graphicdesign #typography #monday