Graduate Success

Mike Perry

Employed at Waterford Press

“Before starting my creative career in graphic design I worked for Enatel, an electronics company that manufactures a range of standby power solutions used in telecommunications, networking, wireless and industrial industries. I was a mechanical assembler, essentially putting together power units ready for packing and shipping, however I’d always had an interest in art and design and wanted to pursue a more creative career.

“I started doing small projects at home and learning about the software to get a feel of whether I would enjoy this line of work. I did! After two years at Enatel I resigned and began studying at ACG Yoobee. The course was an absolute joy. My tutors were fantastic and having their support was greatly appreciated. One of the highlights was meeting like-minded individuals who all share the same passion. Passion is vital in this industry – without it you just won’t succeed. Potential employers can definitely see it shining through in your portfolio.

“After graduating from ACG Yoobee they helped me land a three month graphic design contract at Smiths City. My role was to develop newspaper advertisements of various sizes on a week-by-week basis. I also got the opportunity to develop graphics for the Smiths City television advertisements. That was a real eye-opener as it was a medium I hadn’t dealt with before.

“From there, I landed a seven month contract with the Christchurch City Council, updating existing collateral including forms, brochures, campaign material and more. Not only did I update, I also got to design from concept to completion for the many clients and departments inside Council. This involved heavy use of InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, so my ACG Yoobee studies were a huge help. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Council as I learned heaps from the senior designers there and met some truly remarkable people.

“I have recently become employed as a graphic designer at Waterford Press, doing newspaper and magazine advertisements. From here I hope to keep expanding my skill set, and continue to learn new skills that will benefit my creative career.”

Mike Studied