I have read many letters over the years bemoaning the lack of opportunities for graduates trying to get a start in the design industry.
This year we decided to offer eight graduates a placement, with a view to taking one of them on as a full-time junior in September. We attended DA&D New Blood, New Designers and the degree show at University College for the Creative Arts in Farnham.
A shortlist was confirmed and the graduates were e-mailed and offered one week’s paid work experience. I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed by the response.
In three weeks we had three responses. I understand that graduates probably want to spend some time travelling or relaxing after finishing their finals. However, I’m amazed that, having gone to the trouble to exhibit their work, they have not at least checked their e-mails. I know that if I advertised this position, I would get between 150 to 200 applications. I’d like to wish them every success in finding a full-time position – but not with us.
Chris Hoskins, Ellipsis, by e-mail