Why did you choose North Kent College?

What first attracted me to the college was the wide range of creative courses on offer. At my initial interview, I was told about everything the course would entail, what to expect in my first few modules and an overview of the facilities. I felt then that I knew the college and wouldn't feel lost or nervous when I started.

What would you say were the best three things about studying at North Kent College?

1. The standard of teaching; given lots of support and the tutors really knew the subject they were teaching.
2. The facilities; all of the latest software and up to date MAC's were provided so you knew you had the tools to complete each module.
3. The timetable; all of the classes and lectures were planned well and varied in content and challenges.

If you studied for career purposes, how has North Kent College helped your career?

I had always planned to be a designer, whether it was a graphic, interior or digital designer. After completing the course I did look into each area and it's requirements for employment before deciding what I wanted to do. Without studying Graphic Design I wouldn't have had the necessary skill sets to be able to be considered for any position or the knowledge of the industry to know where to look for employment in the early stages of my career. Most employers will look for some kind of work based experience when recruiting, but the fact that I had already spent 2 years studying gave me a massive advantage over other candidates because I could answer the sometimes challenging questions that prospective employers ask.

What’s next for you?

My goal has always been to become a Creative Director. When looking for employment, you need to think about what the position is going to give you in terms of skills and abilities so you can add them to your existing skill set. I am continuing to add to my skill set and working in the industry I love to achieve my goal.

Where do you now work?

I currently work for North Kent College as Creative Officer. Coming back to the college after 9 years away was a fantastic feeling. I work with NKC's marketing team creating artwork for various campaigns, photographing the different course areas and ensuring the image of the college remains as prestigious as it's reputation proceeds.

What has been your route getting to your current position?

After leaving the college in 2008 I began working for a large format printing company in Ashford as a Graphic Designer. After almost a year, I managed to secure a role as Head Graphic Designer at a lithographic print company in Sidcup. I spent over 3 years there before deciding I wanted to challenge myself further by moving into advertising. I moved to a local newspaper and was responsible for designing adverts in both the printed paper and online. After a year I started as Creative Project Manager for a print/production company in Swanley. I got to work with some fantastic clients such as DYSON, Cath Kidston, RFU, Twickenham Stadium, NFL, The National Portrait Gallery and the Science Museum. When NKC advertised for a Creative Officer I couldn't turn it down - I have been here since Nov 2016 and am confident I will be here for years to come.

Would you recommend studying at the college and why?

I would absolutely recommend the college for the simple reason that it opened doors for me. The opportunities were a lot greater after studying than they were before. My career has taken the route it has because of my initial training at NKC and the time and effort you put in when at college is extremely rewarding for your future. If you are still considering your options or are unsure of what you want to study, the college is a great place to start. There are plenty of courses to choose from, each with its own unique challenges and rewards.

Any other anecdotes/information you would like to share with us?

The college has a wide range of facilities and tools to help you complete each task within your selected course area. The Graphic Design course always had a variation of software for digital design, paints and pencils for the more artistically talented students and the printers were always topped up with ink - at least, most of the time...
I had been given an assignment where we needed to create a piece of artwork that had been hand drawn but digitally enhanced. I had been struggling to get the right look for my piece when I came across something I did not expect. When I tried printing my design to annotate it, the printer had very little ink - the design came out almost abstract and I couldn't have asked for a better finish! The look I had been trying to achieve was complete! A distinction no less. The moral of the story is there is there is always opportunity hiding in the most unusual places!

Describe your whole college experience and how it has enabled you to progress.

Overall my experience at NKC was a huge success. I couldn't have asked for better tutors or facilities. The 2 years I spent studying has lead me into nearly 10 years of successful employment and I am well on my way to becoming a Creative Director. If you have a dream or goal you want to achieve then the best place to start is at North Kent College.