Do teach students the rudiments of selling their skills

In response to Comment (DW 21 July), I graduated with a Bachelor of Design in Design Futures in November last year from Napier University, Edinburgh, and moved to London with the hope of getting my foot in the door of the creative industry. A scary, eye-opening experience, but with perseverance I’ve done it.

Portfolio workshops would help graduates learn to sell themselves. The best advice I was given was, ‘Tell a story of yourself throughout your folio. They want to see the way you work.’ I know that it sounds like common sense, but graduates have worked so closely with their projects they forget what an outsiders’ interpretation would be.

Another idea would be a magazine that would inform students about the industry. I appreciated Design Week throughout university for its knowledge of what goes on, but I would probably have found a consultative, student-focused design magazine more useful.

Rebecca Newland-Pratt, Junior art director,

Momentum, London EC1M

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