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Work experience

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by Jessed, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Jessed

    Jessed New Member

    Hi im a 14 year old boy going to be 15 soon
    and my schools currently given us our work experience forms
    quite early in advance for july and i currently
    study art graphics course at my school and im wondering
    if i could get one weeks work experience in the art graphics industry
    im already aware that id be making tea and coffee but it would be better
    than stacking shelves at HMV and suggestions ?

    by the way i am from london and will travel
    roughly to west/central london

  2. Esh

    Esh Member

    You're very young and still learning, but if you're serious about asking for work experience in graphic design, or indeed any industry, you're going to have to work harder than that at your writing.
    Graphic design is about communication, and if you can't tell your uppercase from your full-stops, then I doubt you're going to have the easiest of times. It took me longer to read your post, than it does to read any others.

    With regards to finding work experience, I would suggest going through the Yellow Pages, or doing a quick google search for design companies in your area and getting in touch.
    You could send them a - well written - letter, or email. What worked for me though, was ringing around and asking to speak to the Managers directly. I'm not sure if you have any kind of art & design work that you could show as yet, but if you do, you could offer to send a few samples of these.

    Also, most people automatically think 'graphic design studio' when seeking work experience, but remember that lots of other types of businesses may also be able to offer what you need, i.e. printers, in-house at different sector companies, etc. For me, working just one week at a local printing firm helped me the most because as well as design, I learnt about different stock, printing techniques, pre-press and so on.

    Good luck :icon_thumbup:
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2010

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