“I was lucky enough to receive an ACG Yoobee iCreate scholarship when I was in Year 13 at Tauranga Girls’ College and I jumped at the chance to move to Auckland and study digital design. The iCreate course was so much fun – it enabled me to dabble in lots of different areas of the creative industry and helped me decide which direction I wanted to take in the future.
“From there I studied the Diploma of Computer Graphic Design, which gave me the foundation I needed to get a job in the creative industry. I learned practical skills on how to use Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator and then basically went out into the industry and built on those skills every day. There’s always something new to learn!
“I really enjoyed my time at ACG Yoobee. I’d have to say the people were one of the highlights! The classes in both courses were full of fun and vibrant people, some of whom I’m still friends with today. And of course the tutors are amazing. They’re always up for a laugh and offer such a wealth of knowledge – you really can’t beat it.
“During my studies I won a highly commended award in the GS1 ‘Designing to Lift the Bar’ barcode competition, where we had to create a unique and standout barcode on a piece of packaging. I also got to work out in the real world, where I was contracted to Bendon for a couple of days to clear cut the imagery for their new website.
“After graduating I took a job at Webstar Print as the PA to the General Manager/Graphic Designer and later moved back to Tauranga where I worked as a freelance Graphic Designer. Now I’m living in Hamilton, working as a Creative Designer for the Wise Group. It’s a great job but I’m itching to travel, so in a few weeks I’m heading off to the UK on my OE. I’m hoping to get some agency experience over there and keep building up my design career.
“As far as my longer-term career goals go, I think as long as I’m creating stuff I’ll be happy. Whether that means designing logos, writing children’s books or editing the next big blockbuster, I’m not sure yet. Watch this space!”Vanessa Studied