JOB: Technical Design and Production Assistant, Finewood Furniture
QUALIFICATION: Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Product and Furniture Design)
"I've always felt a pull towards creative things, but not to the extent of making 'art'. The practical and problem-solving side of life was also important to me. For me product and industrial design seemed the best option as they combine those aspects. You can pick any point on the spectrum between pure art and pure utilitarianism. And the great thing about my design degree was the plethora of extra skills I've learnt, not just pure product design. I also didn't expect that we'd become such a close-knit family over the years. The friendly competitiveness pushed us all along and upwards, and I'm sure I've made life-long mates.
Do it. Even if by the end of the programme you decide that pure product design isn't your thing, you will have learnt so much that it's still worthwhile. Skills like lateral thinking, design thinking, time management, software packages, leadership, presenting… - all skills that will be valuable in a wide range of jobs."