I studied GNVQ Int/Adv Art & Design at London’s Stanmore College in 1994. From 1997-2000 I studied product design at the University of Hertfordshire and achieved the grade of 2:1. However, I soon realised that the ever-increasing number of students graduating each year would slow down my chances of employment and so went on to do a Masters in Design to Manufacture.
I graduated in 2001 and sent out more than 1000 CVs with individual covering letters, but to no avail. I was only offered one interview (for a job with a £12 000 salary).
It took me two years to find a design job, then I went into graphics as a design manager to supplement my experience. However, a year on I’ve been laid off.
Sadly, there are thousands of design students coming out of college every year with false expectations. I feel this is due to universities cashing in on the popularity of design.
I feel after eight years of studying and working in design that there should be more opportunities for a designer with two degrees.
Middx HA7 4RD