Don’t get a Job….. Make a Job – Gem Barton

Don’t get a Job….. Make a Job – Gem BartonHow to make it as a creative graduate

Synopsis: Too often a design or architecture degree is seen as a means to an end (a job in an established practice). But imagine for one moment that there are no employers, no firms to send your CV to, no interviews to be had – what would you do? How would you forge your own path after graduation?

The current economic climate has seen many graduates chasing a finite number of positions. The most ingenious and driven designers have found weird and wonderful ways of making opportunities for themselves, often by applying their skills across the creative disciplines of art, design, architecture and interiors. Knowing what you want from your design career and being able to adapt your strategy to suit is basic and vital – just like in the wild, designers need to evolve.

 Why I like it

In today’s employment landscape there are both opportunities and challenges. Young people reaching the age when exam choices are made are faced with real uncertainty. What options should they choose, what qualifications will they need, is a degree necessary? For creative graduates the challenge may be even greater.

The book celebrates the various strategies that students and graduates are taking to gain exposure, while also including interviews and inspirational advice from those who are now enjoying success as a result of their creative approach to employment.


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