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I took the plunge as I wanted to future-proof my job opportunities. Graphic design is a broad umbrella and I knew that would give me flexibility and longevity in job choice.

Junior Designer, The Walt Disney Company

Melissa McAuliffe

Why Shillington? What made our design course stand out from the rest?

I chose Shillington as I was looking for a short form style course. I was also attracted to the very hands-on and practical nature of the course—lots of real-world briefs, which was great as I knew once I graduated I’d have a great portfolio.

What have you been up to since graduation? How has your life changed after Shillington?

Straight after graduation I got a freelance role as a junior graphic designer, which was a great learning experience! After that I got a contract role with the National Gallery of Victoria. I also spent time developing more design skills by doing self-initiated projects in motion graphics and working on my photography.

You recently landed a job as an exhibition graphic designer for the National Gallery of Victoria! Congratulations, how did that come about?

When I was applying for jobs I reached out to recruiters. I’ve had good results with recruitment companies in the past. They put me forward for a role that was going at the NGV and after a few interviews I got the role—which I still have currently.

Did you have any previous design experience? How did the course build your skillset?

I had previous design experience from different disciplines—Interior and Costume design—but had very limited interaction or knowledge of Graphic design. The course slowly builds up your knowledge and skillset by introducing you to programs and briefs at a steady pace and the teachers support you through this learning curve, plus ‘The Guide’ is a wealth of knowledge!

What would you say to someone who is sceptical about the Shillington course?

Go for it! You get so much out of your time at Shillington, not just a great portfolio and skillset but also friendships, connections and the confidence to pursue that graphic design role. Shillington helped prepare me for the fast-paced nature of the workplace.

Check out Melissa’s website and read her full interview on the blog

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