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More than a third of art and design graduates are out of work, report shows
I graduated originally in 1992 with a degree in Printed Textiles into a recession and found it particularly tough to get a job as we were not prepared for the outside world with only 2 weeks of career advice for our futures while at college.
Luckily I managed to gain both freelance and employment for the next 10 years. However disillusioned by the poor rates of pay I decided to go back to studying and gained a MSC in Clothing Marketing and Distribution and then worked as a Buyer for large Head Offices in Homewares. This was great experience for me and gave me a commercial grounding as well as sound business knowledge.
I now run my own company producing print led collections for children and really feel that if it was not for my MSC and buying experience I would be able to even contemplate going down this path.
I am saddened to hear that it is still tough for graduates to gain employment particularly in design areas. I am one of the few who has stuck with design instead of becoming a teacher as most seem to do. It seems a real shame that more is not done to help and guide talented people to find jobs in design.
Tue, 11 Oct 2011
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