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3 months of training may sound like a short time, but when you aim to get the most out of each day—the transformation is incredible! That’s what I got out of Shillington.

Designer, Autumn

Jing Ong

What were you doing before Shillington? Why did you decide to study design?

Before Shillington I was working with children with autism, and prior to that I was an Account Executive in branding consultancy. While my previous jobs were fulfilling in their unique ways, in my heart I always knew I wanted a career in a creative field. When I was a ‘suit’, I was always popping into the studio to see what the designers were up to. Outside of the daily 9am-5pm grind, I would spend my nights and weekends illustrating, or working on creative projects. I finally reached a point where I was no longer satisfied with making things on the side, and decided to pursue design wholeheartedly.

Why did you choose Shillington?

I chose Shillington for three main reasons—the first was that I’d be able to complete the course in three months. The second was knowing I’d graduate with a portfolio showcasing my work. The third reason was the curriculum. Ultimately this was the driving force behind my decision—how the curriculum is designed to get you studio ready.

Congrats on landing a role at Autumn along with fellow Shillington graduate Paul, and part-time teacher Brenton! Tell us about your interview process. Did you feel prepared?

I took Paul and Brenton through my portfolio, discussing my process, ideas and direction for each brief. One thing I really appreciated about my experience at Shillington was that I had the opportunity to practise discussing and presenting my work. By the end of the course I definitely felt prepared for the interview process.

How is it going so far at Autumn? Tell us about your typical day.

I’m really enjoying myself at Autumn! Every day offers a new challenge, and I really don’t think there’s a ‘typical day’. I get to work with an amazing team of people whom I admire for their talent, ethos and big hearts. I’m learning so many new things, which is keeping me on my toes. I’m lucky.

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

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