On December 20th in London and Manchester, Shillington College’s graduates are taking the initiative to enter the job market with a bespoke exhibition with one aim – Sell Yourself.
The bright, new design talents are to showcase their work and pitch their portfolios to the design industry and public at the events, which will be held in central London and Manchester.
Shillington College is a progressive international graphic design college with campuses in the UK, Australia and the US. The course equips students with the exact skills and knowledge expected by the industry to give them the best possible chance of finding employment as a designer.
For the exhibitions, each student has designed a poster that showcases their talent and style with the theme ‘Sell Yourself’. The shows will be held simultaneously on Thursday 20th December at the Candid Arts Centre in London and at the Bench Self Made Gallery in Manchester.
In Manchester, design agencies and companies aiming to recruit designers will be invited to a private viewing of the students’ work from 3-5pm which will be followed by an open show from 6pm for public, family and friends, while the London event will be open to both industry and invited guests at 6pm.
Shillington College has a proven record of preparing students for their first job in the design industry and the annual graduation show has often been the springboard for success.
Following the Manchester show, the Bench Self Made Gallery, a multimedia gallery and event space in the Northern Quarter created for ‘people that make things happen’, will keep the students’ bespoke exhibition in place until January 6th so the graduates will have further opportunity to show off their work.
Shillington graduate Ross McKay found work with international events company Ear to the Ground at his graduation show.
Ross said: “From the grad show, I found work within a week with my current employer. I feel what appealed to them was how quickly I could work to real life briefs, which were set out by Shillington College. I found this was of great advantage to me also, as it was put into practice from day one at the company.”
Kate Lester, Ear to the Ground graphic designer comments: “I came down to the grad show with the intention of finding a junior designer. I took the details of the portfolios that stood out and then did a handful of interviews and that’s how we found Ross. What stands out most about Shillington Graduates, is their ability to work to a high standard on ‘real time’ briefs. This prepares them well for working in a fast paced environment.”
Image is the poster created by student Rebecca Slack