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As someone who was once a cynic about whether I could change my career and circumstances in 3 months, going through this course will build more than just a needed foundation to build a career in design.

Freelance Digital Designer

Arnold Omanyo

What were you up to before Shillington?

Before Shillington I was working as an Engagement Coordinator within Telstra’s NBN department. Prior to that I also worked for NBN. I had worked within the IT/network space for a while and although I wasn’t bad at my job, it was work that wasn’t fulfilling. I didn’t feel it was my calling nor did I feel like I was utilising my gifts to the best of my ability.

What did it mean to you to win a Shillington half scholarship?

Winning the scholarship was the confirmation I needed to take the plunge and start this design journey. I’m a Taurus and we naturally step with caution, wanting to ensure our decisions are well thought through and as risk-free as possible haha. So, the scholarship was God’s/the universe’s way of saying “this is the direction you should be heading”. Not only that but it was an opportunity to prove to myself, my friends and family, and to Shillington that this is what I was born to do!

Congratulations! After graduating you landed a job as a UX Designer at Digital On Demand. Tell us more about that hiring process and experience.

Thank you! Yes I’m currently a UX/UI designer. In terms of landing this job, the process was pretty seamless, however that was because I came at the right time. I spent about 2 months after finishing at Shillington applying to different places, cold calling, email and reaching out. After spending some time on the private Shillumni Facebook Group, I got some advice from a member suggesting I try a recruitment agency as they usually can help scout work. So, I reached out to an agency that’d reached out to me previously and set up a meeting. After about two weeks, they had secured an interview with a few top agencies, one of them being Digital On Demand. 

What would you say to someone who’s thinking about studying at Shillington?

Its easy for me to say “just do it!” from this side of the conversation. So instead, I’m going to assure you, as someone who was once a cynic about whether I could change my career and circumstances in 3 months, going through this course will build more than just a needed foundation to build a career in design. It trains you think and see the world as a designer, and establishes the confidence needed to promote yourself and your work to potential employers and studios. Trust the process, be patient with your growth, be hungry and driven to grow and see this as the beginning of a great, creative and successful career. Certainly do your research, read more of these reviews, educate yourself, and once you’ve decided this is what you want, Shillington will be there to do the rest. 

A big part of my life has changed as a result of this experience and I’m so so SO excited to see where my career goes. Prospective students definitely consider Shillington as an option if you’re serious about a career in design.

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