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In terms of how the course built on my skillset, it was like 0 to 100. Nuff said.
Freelance Graphic Designer
Before becoming a designer, you have worked for over 5 years as a dentist, including your time with the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. Why did you decide to take the plunge and become a designer?
I always had an affinity to art and design. Even working as a dentist, I found myself looking at the golden ratios of teeth, at their balance and alignment. Design always seemed like such a cool industry and I would always look at posters or packaging like “Damn, I wish I could make that!” So I kind of just took a dive!
What advice can you offer to someone who wants to transition careers?
Dip your toes in, try it out and embrace the adventure! Nothing’s worse than staying stuck and living with regret. In that moment of inspiration, make an irreversible decision to force yourself to jump in—sign up for a class or put some money down, whatever, just find a way to take that first step.
How did you learn about Shillington? What made our design course stand out from the rest?
I first heard about Shillington when I went to a TDK workshop by The Sunday Co a few years back and met an Shillington Melbourne graduate who kind of sparked my interest. Did a bit of research and found glowing reviews of the course, but what really sold it for me, was going to one of the graduation exhibitions and seeing the amazing work the students (some of which also had no background in design) had been able to produce. I also liked that there was no requirement of a portfolio for entry into the course, which made it a lot less daunting.
What made you choose the part-time over the full time course?
I wanted the flexibility of being able to work and study at the same time, but also allow myself a bit of time between classes to absorb all the information and learn at a slower pace.
Did you have any previous design experience? How did the course build your skillset?
Going into the course, the only background I had was a high school visual communications class in year 8. So, in terms of how the course built on my skillset, it was like 0 to 100. Nuff said.