Hear straight from our graduates.
I drank the Kool-aid on the 3 month career change thing and haven’t looked back.
UX Designer, Rex Software
What were you up to before Shillington?
I studied Event Management, Spanish and Anthropology, travelling around in between. Upon graduating, I took my hard earned pieces of paper and got me a job. I worked in Events, Comms, and Engagement in a few different sectors, then, like every good privileged millennial, was like, ‘I actually do not like this work at all, can I get a refund on my $50,000 HECS debt?’. JK, bit of an exaggeration. There were a lot of great learnings that came out of both my education and experiences, for which I am VERY grateful and use a lot now in design, but that was the impetus for the change.
The timeframe and structure of Shillington was what got me. I wanted to fully immerse.
How did you land your job as a UX Designer at Rex Software? What was the interview process like?
One of their Senior Designers approached me on recommendation from another local Product Designer who I’d met at our Shillington Graduate Exhibition. The interview was a ‘casual’ coffee with the CEO and two of the Seniors, looking through my folio and having a general chat about my work experience, how it related to UX and whether it would be a good fit. They offered me a position on the day and I started the following week, no mucking around!
You had zero design training before the course. Did you believe you could change your career in only 3 months? At graduation, did you feel confident you’d land a job? Why?
I drank the Kool-aid on the 3 month career change thing and haven’t looked back. I mean, let’s be real, you can change your career in a day if you really want to, it comes down to knowing what you want and making a plan (or not, whatever, just go for it). It’s difficult to isolate what I learnt at Shillington and say ‘yes, that got me a job’ because obvs that doesn’t exist in a vacuum void of my own experience and effort. HOWEVER, the skillset, structure and legendary teaching is DESIGNED (< see what I did there) to get you job ready and it proved to be true for me.
What would you say to someone who is sceptical about the Shillington course?
Not to be a big ol’ cliche but here we go—no risk, no reward. Value is relative to the individual but if you’re willing to put in the work during and after the course then yes, it will 100% deliver you to great new opportunities.