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Alice Kearney

BDes Graphic Design and Illustration with integrated foundation year
Graduated 2017
Graphic Designer and Freelance Illustrator

Ulster University helped me achieve my current career success by...

Providing the right environment to grow and explore my design practice. - Alice Kearney

My Journey

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    Activities I was involved in at Ulster to enhance my employability

    Travelling to Dublin every year with my fellow classmates for the Offset Conference was hugely beneficial. As I was a newbie to the design world, this conference really helped to open my eyes to the endless possibilities of design expression and career opportunities within the design community.

    Having guest speakers and workshops from distinguished designers in University showed me alternative ways of thinking, and working through a project to achieve the best end goal. I was able to explore and experiment with different processes and learn from their different ideas.

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    How placement enhanced my employability

    My placement year was integral for developing my practical design skills and design thinking for the real world. That time was extremely valuable in helping me to secure my next job as a full time graphic designer in a busy, fast paced agency.

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    Top 3 most significant steps on my career path so far

    1. My first internship give me a good start and was valuable for showing my future placement year employers that I could create ‘real’ work to a high standard.
    2. During university I completed my own personal projects in my free time. These projects helped my portfolio as it showed I was passionate about design and had a keen interest in developing my skills in and out of work to a future employer.
    3. Presenting to a room full of people; showing your work at a job interview or pitching to a future client can be daunting, but it was a great skill that I was able to improve at University. I’m glad I persevered at it, as I use this skill daily.

What would your advice to students be?

f you can’t find an internship or a job, don’t give up. I would start your own design project to showcase your skills and ideas (and share them of course!). Nobody will see them stored on your laptop.

Keep learning, stay curious. Once University is finished the learning isn’t over!
- Alice Kearney