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Shillington was the best thing I could have done career-wise. It gave me the skills in practice and on paper to finally pursue a career in the creative industries after my detour into law!
Freelance Graphic Designer
Before Shillington you got a PhD in law. Tell us how you made the shift to design.
While I was writing a PhD, I interned at a magazine to jazz up my boring writing (it’s law, after all…). Later, I was offered a role as the content coordinator of the online magazine, and shortly after—when the boss found out I was doing a graphic design course—offered me the designer’s seat. Here I was, taking the print design reins as an InDesign newbie 4 months into my course—GASP! Thankfully Shillington quickly got me up to speed, because I would have lacked the technical skills to do it otherwise. I now run my own freelance graphic design business, Paper and Desk.
Why did you choose Shillington?
It all started when I was helping some market stall vendors create some storefront signage. Since they didn’t have email, they put me in touch with their son to continue contact. I added him on Facebook, and because he had liked Shillington’s Facebook page, an ad came up on my feed. Curious, I clicked on it and combed through the website, where I found student work and the date of the next info session. I immediately pencilled in that date, and was sold when I saw the class setting in person and the quality of the student portfolios on display. Since I was working full-time, I really liked the fact that there were part-time evening courses, which made doing the course not just a vague dream but an actual possibility I could commit to. Shillington was the best thing I could have done career-wise. It gave me the skills in practice and on paper to finally pursue a career in the creative industries after my detour into law!
What advice would you give to a part-time Shillington student?
Having been a part-time Shillington student myself, I wish I did my homework more diligently! So, my advice would be to definitely do the homework, and try your best even though you’re busy. Remember that the graphic design course is fast-tracked, which means that you’ll learn something new every class, so it’s important to keep up with the homework to make sure your skills progress with the classes.