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At first it felt like a huge risk quitting the steady career I had built for years, but Shillington has genuinely been the best investment and career choice I’ve ever made!

Graphic Designer, Awesome Creative

Tally Thompson

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

I was a proper art kid in school, spending as much time in the studio as I could because I just loved to draw, paint and print! I then went on to study graphic design at university but, like some other people I found on the course, when I graduated I didn’t feel prepared or confident enough to go for designer jobs.

I tried to find something that allowed an element of creativity, whilst directly communicating with an audience so I ended up becoming a social media manager for a tech company in Manchester. Although this was a great job, it didn’t push my creativity enough, I needed to see how far it could really go and stop living in a comfort zone.

At first it felt like a huge risk quitting the steady career I had built for years, but Shillington has genuinely been the best investment and career choice I’ve ever made!

You studied part-time. What was your biggest challenge during the course?

Time management. This is something you need to nail from day one. Shillington may start at an intro pace but there’s a lot to learn in a short timespace so it becomes intense pretty quick, so juggling work alongside coursework is a real challenge but if you’re ready to be dedicated and passionate about becoming a designer—anyone can do it!

What would you say to someone who is sceptical about Shillington’s fast-paced design course?

I can honestly say that I have learnt more in the 9 months at Shillington than I did in the 3 years at university and know others that would say the same! Shillington is a well-recognised course in the design industry, with grads all over the globe smashing it whether they work for huge agencies, own their own studio or are amazing freelancers.

Shillington gave me the confidence, guidance and technical knowledge to prepare me for the real design world. Working on exciting, in depth briefs whilst being taught by successful designers who are currently working in the industry—what’s not to love?

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

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At first it felt like a huge risk quitting the steady career I had built for years, but Shillington has genuinely been the best investment and career choice I’ve ever made!

Graphic Designer, Awesome Creative

Tally Thompson

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

I was a proper art kid in school, spending as much time in the studio as I could because I just loved to draw, paint and print! I then went on to study graphic design at university but, like some other people I found on the course, when I graduated I didn’t feel prepared or confident enough to go for designer jobs.

I tried to find something that allowed an element of creativity, whilst directly communicating with an audience so I ended up becoming a social media manager for a tech company in Manchester. Although this was a great job, it didn’t push my creativity enough, I needed to see how far it could really go and stop living in a comfort zone.

At first it felt like a huge risk quitting the steady career I had built for years, but Shillington has genuinely been the best investment and career choice I’ve ever made!

You studied part-time. What was your biggest challenge during the course?

Time management. This is something you need to nail from day one. Shillington may start at an intro pace but there’s a lot to learn in a short timespace so it becomes intense pretty quick, so juggling work alongside coursework is a real challenge but if you’re ready to be dedicated and passionate about becoming a designer—anyone can do it!

What would you say to someone who is sceptical about Shillington’s fast-paced design course?

I can honestly say that I have learnt more in the 9 months at Shillington than I did in the 3 years at university and know others that would say the same! Shillington is a well-recognised course in the design industry, with grads all over the globe smashing it whether they work for huge agencies, own their own studio or are amazing freelancers.

Shillington gave me the confidence, guidance and technical knowledge to prepare me for the real design world. Working on exciting, in depth briefs whilst being taught by successful designers who are currently working in the industry—what’s not to love?

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

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