Hey Jezzie! Please introduce yourself!

I am a final year Graphic Design student at NTU with a particular interest in branding and illustration. Although I have never actually studied art, I did Graphics and Product design at school/sixth form and always favoured these subjects. I have had some great teachers over the years who have made me love the subject even more. I remember in sixth form almost having a mini design family which was so unique. The past three years at Nottingham Trent University have taught me so much and was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has led me to creating some weird and wonderful stuff that I will forever be proud of.

Over the years I have had a couple of design internships which are one of the best ways to gain experience. Due to a new internship being cancelled because of the pandemic I founded a small business called JezzzDesigns specialising in local and custom art prints. This has been an incredible experience and has allowed me to connect with so many amazing people. I have also loved using my skills to earn some money! 

What would you say to someone wanting to get into Graphic Design?

For anyone considering studying a design related subject at University I would say definitely go for it if it is something you are passionate about. If you are just doing it to get a degree, you probably won’t use it to its full potential and you won’t enjoy it as much. In terms of my small business, I think anyone who has an idea should do it! You never know how it might end out and it is always worth a go. I would suggest connecting with others in the community on social media such as Instagram and LinkedIn as it makes the concept so much less daunting and is a great way to get some advice. 

In ten year’s time I want to be working high up in a design/advertising agency. I haven’t properly started my career yet so I have absolutely no idea what to expect! 

If you were an interviewer for your role, what would you want to hear from a candidate?

If I was interviewing for university, I would want to hear people’s passion for the subject! Although talent is an important thing in design, the love for the subject is so much more powerful and will always make people achieve better work.
If I was interviewing from a small business point of view, similarly I would want to speak to someone who cares about what I/they do. I think caring about small businesses is an extremely important element, especially in times like these. As well as this, I would want people to show that they are proactive with connecting with others in the community.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your education or career so far?

The biggest challenge I have faced in my education is definitely going into my final University year during a pandemic. This year has been extremely full on compared to my first two and learning how to adjust to this whilst working from home with all the stresses going on was very challenging for me. I overcame it by becoming confident and proactive with reaching out to others such as my tutors and friends. I have tried to speak to different tutors throughout the week so I am constantly receiving fresh feedback. Me and my course friends have also organised weekly calls where we share and discuss our current project like we would usually do in the studio. 

How do you like to unwind?

Recently I have really got into reading and drawing on my iPad to unwind. Luckily for me, my side hustle involves drawing on my iPad so it is convenient that I find this so calming. I have also got into reading books such as Everything I know about love by Dolly Alderton and How to fail by Elizabeth Day. I have tried to read most nights before bed to clear my head!

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