Finding a placement is always a troublesome task, and, like many students I began this process with only a vague understanding of what a ‘successful process’ was. Now it’s that time of year again I thought I’d share my experience with those currently embarking on their search, and hopefully offer some insight into the route that I took.
At the beginning of my second year of study I was given a list of design agencies — kindly provided by my tutor — and began Googling each one. After thoroughly looking through their portfolios and location, and trying to understand their size, I was only left with two that actually inspired me.
I still wasn’t entirely sure of what I wanted to gain from the work experience, so I decided to widen my selection and typed numerous search queries into Google such as “design agencies in…” and appended them with as many different countries as I could possibly think of. Financial implications weren’t taken into consideration at this point and I found myself thinking long and hard about the opportunity of working in places such as New York or Vancouver. I was so excited my mind had already rented out a studio apartment.