Hear straight from our graduates.
It’s such a safe learning environment and the teachers were always there to catch you if you felt like you were going to fall.
What were you doing before Shillington?
Before Shillington. I was working as an external auditor at Ernst & Young in Brisbane. After four years of kicking and screaming, taking as much annual leave as was allowed, as well as a six-month sabbatical where I travelled a huge portion of the US, I earned my professional qualification. That was when I felt I’d truly ticked something important off my list and earned the right to move onto something that really excited the heck out of me.
What was your Shillington experience?
I was super excited to go to design school. I must say, having previously studied a degree in creative industries at university, Shillington was definitely more challenging. The Shillington course is basically design boot-camp. It’s a lot of hard work and I definitely found it to be an emotional experience, especially for the first time making yourself vulnerable by sharing what you create. The teachers as well as the students become your comrades pretty quickly.
It’s such a safe learning environment and the teachers were always there to catch you if you felt like you were going to fall. Most importantly though, they make things a lot of fun and really push you to flex your design muscles so to speak.
What would you say to someone wanting to change to a creative career?
Brisbane to Brooklyn; auditor to designer—is not something that happens overnight. There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears that go into a change like that. I was scared to take what was a massive step in my eyes and leave everything I knew behind. In reality, it’s only a series of small and manageable steps that I think anyone can take if they’re really passionate about what they want to do and prepared to work really hard. Like me, you might look back and smile at how much you worried, how dramatic you were when the going go tough and how some moments felt like the end of the world. Hopefully though, also like me, you’ll look back at where you were and where you are now and be really damn proud.