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It was the coolest thing ever knowing that although I studied design on the other side of the world in Brisbane, I could get a job straight out of study in London, because of Shillington!

Junior Graphic Designer, Beyond Communications

Jessica Bakker

What were you up to before Shillington?

I studied a bachelor of photography in creative advertising and marketing, did some internships in a start up clothing boutique and for Style Magazines. On weekends I would organise photoshoots with models, makeup artists and stylists to give my folio more variety and also because I love exploring new places! 

Why did you decide to study design?

Although I loved photography and wanted to fulfil my childhood dreams of becoming a famous international fashion photographer for Next Top Model, I realised that theres more opportunities out there if I build on my skill set. I definitely struggled to decide what direction to take next and I didn’t want to go back to university to study for another three years. From the moment I saw Shillington’s Instagram and how good the graduates’ work was I knew I had to go there.

Congratulations! After graduating you moved to London and landed a design role at Beyond communications. Tell us about the steps behind that bold move.

 I have grown up loving travel and going on adventures, and there is only so much you can see and do when you grow up in Brisbane. It’s been one of those thoughts that had been in the back of my head for a long time. So I thought if I move to London and set myself up with any sort of job initially, maybe I can take the time to search for a graphic design job and get something later on. I found out about the role on the Global Shillington Graduates Facebook page and decided to apply for the role. A week later I flew in to London on the Saturday, lined up the interview for the Monday and I got the job on the Tuesday! It was a crazy couple of days, that’s for sure! It was the coolest thing ever knowing that although I studied design on the other side of the world in Brisbane, I could get a job straight out of study in London because of Shillington! 

What was it like juggling full-time work and part-time study at Shillington?

It was a bit of a juggle working full time and studying part time, but I loved it! The work load in part time is really good, it’s not super overloading but you still feel like you are learning so many new things each week. Plus the tutors know you are working full time and there may be weeks that you struggle so it’s really accommodating.

My tip is just be organised from the beginning and get into good habits early! Also making friends in your first couple of weeks really helps because you can then bounce ideas off people throughout the week, or ask them questions if you missed something.

Visit Jessica’s website and read her full interview on the blog.

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It was the coolest thing ever knowing that although I studied design on the other side of the world in Brisbane, I could get a job straight out of study in London, because of Shillington!

Junior Graphic Designer, Beyond Communications

Jessica Bakker

What were you up to before Shillington?

I studied a bachelor of photography in creative advertising and marketing, did some internships in a start up clothing boutique and for Style Magazines. On weekends I would organise photoshoots with models, makeup artists and stylists to give my folio more variety and also because I love exploring new places! 

Why did you decide to study design?

Although I loved photography and wanted to fulfil my childhood dreams of becoming a famous international fashion photographer for Next Top Model, I realised that theres more opportunities out there if I build on my skill set. I definitely struggled to decide what direction to take next and I didn’t want to go back to university to study for another three years. From the moment I saw Shillington’s Instagram and how good the graduates’ work was I knew I had to go there.

Congratulations! After graduating you moved to London and landed a design role at Beyond communications. Tell us about the steps behind that bold move.

 I have grown up loving travel and going on adventures, and there is only so much you can see and do when you grow up in Brisbane. It’s been one of those thoughts that had been in the back of my head for a long time. So I thought if I move to London and set myself up with any sort of job initially, maybe I can take the time to search for a graphic design job and get something later on. I found out about the role on the Global Shillington Graduates Facebook page and decided to apply for the role. A week later I flew in to London on the Saturday, lined up the interview for the Monday and I got the job on the Tuesday! It was a crazy couple of days, that’s for sure! It was the coolest thing ever knowing that although I studied design on the other side of the world in Brisbane, I could get a job straight out of study in London because of Shillington! 

What was it like juggling full-time work and part-time study at Shillington?

It was a bit of a juggle working full time and studying part time, but I loved it! The work load in part time is really good, it’s not super overloading but you still feel like you are learning so many new things each week. Plus the tutors know you are working full time and there may be weeks that you struggle so it’s really accommodating.

My tip is just be organised from the beginning and get into good habits early! Also making friends in your first couple of weeks really helps because you can then bounce ideas off people throughout the week, or ask them questions if you missed something.

Visit Jessica’s website and read her full interview on the blog.

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