The Design Kids talk

This presentation talk was the best so far that I have attended.  It wasn’t just for the fact that Frankie Ratford is such a bubbly and enthusiastic person but also because she made this presentation more about us students in a sense that she wanted to talk about her struggles and achievements to advice and inspire rather than just show us her work. She very much understands that there is a big gap between graduating and getting a job in the industry.

I loved Frankie as she reminds me of me a little bit apart from the bravery in making decisions. I always played safe and my excuse or reason was that I am alone in this country and I have to make sure that I have money to pay my rent and basically survive. Taking on this course taught me a lot in respect of taking a risk. Every time I challenge myself or come out of my comfort zone it pays off and I understand that is the way forward. I have left behind quite comfortable life in order to pursue my dream and it may sound cheesy and cliché but I chose to do what I love rather than make big money. Personal satisfaction and development is priceless. She showed us that it will not be easy to find something that we truly enjoy doing and it may take years before we do. As a mature student I understand that graduating is not enough to secure yourself a dream job. I am aware of the hard work (harder than now) ahead and all the challenges, possible disappointments.

Frankie has also shared with us a worksheet which she believes will help us progress and prepare better for what’s to come after the university is finished. Completeing this is make the future less scary.


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Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” Everyone has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self.


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‘Find that one thing that you do better than everyone else.’

To be honest I am quite confident with myself as a person and I am very much aware of my unique traits. Doing this course was more to gain technical skills and learn more about the industry and how I can use my skills. I have found my style of drawing and expression and I understand that it may not be commercial and what sells best but I feel confident in it. We all look for that ultimatum when we do what we love best and make money by doing it.

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