Name: Ross Gunter
Degree/University: BSC Honours Multi Media production Oxford Brookes
Year of Graduation: 2005
Occupation: Graphic Designer, Popcorn Agency (a website design agency)
What do you do in your job?
I design for both print and the web. On a day-to-day basis this means brainstorming sessions, making pitches and proposals to clients, conducting research for the clients and brands, and designing for different formats.
What was your motivation in applying?
I wanted to do a job that I’m passionate about. I thought the company I worked for looked very creative, quite small and independent and in a good location in London.
What do you enjoy about your job?
The work is very diverse – you can spend time on various different things. The fact the company is small gives you a lot more freedom and responsibility. You interact with your clients more than if you were working as part of a much bigger company.
Any advice to readers considering a career in your field?
It is imperative that you have a really good portfolio. You must also build up your skill levels by designing things outside of your degree course. Get lots of experience with the programs that you are using and make sure you have a variety of work to show your employer, and make sure you have your portfolio online. A company may not even bother to look at your portfolio if it is not hosted – design jobs are very oversubscribed. By using online facilities it also shows competency with the internet. Sign up to media/multi media design recruitment agencies – they always have a lot of work that they will get in contact with you about. Ring up design companies and be proactive meeting people who work in the industry and ask them for advice about where to look for jobs. My university were fairly unhelpful which meant I had to make a lot of effort looking for employment. You have to use your own initiative because most design jobs are headhunted. It is a hard profession to get into but you need to persevere, and keep hassling the companies!