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Bethany Gibson

Career Path: Interior Designer, SpaceInvader Dsign
Location: Manchester, UK

I have always been a creative person, and often thrived in these kind of classes at school. After school I went to college and did a BTEC in Art and Design, where I learnt a large range of skills and received full marks. My teacher at college studied interior design and told me I should look into it - I went to a convention on Interior Architecture & Design at the Manchester Convention centre, where universities showcased their courses work! I fell in love with the beautiful work on display, and learnt more about what the career entails - and I was hooked. When I visited Northumbria, the same thing happened, I knew this was the place I wanted to be! I was so happy when I got accepted. Throughout the three years I worked to my full potential knowing that I was aiming for a first! It wasn't easy but I got there in the end. This ambition & determination, and the grade, helped my get a job only two weeks after I graduated.

What are you doing now?Bethany Gibson

I went for an interview a week after my graduation, it was my first interview and I got the job there and then! I was so happy. I started two weeks after that as a graduate designer, and within a month I got promoted to a junior. I have learned a range of techniques, how the process of design/architecture works in 'the real world' and became fluent in new software. After my 6 months review, I got promoted again to a middleweight designer. After almost a year at this level I now manage my projects on my own, meet with clients and travel to UK to visit sites and relevant case studies! What I learnt at Northumbria has been priceless for my development, and they were extremely impressed with my portfolio when I had my interview.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

There is a great feeling around the campus. It's very inclusive of all kinds of people, welcoming and vibrant. The building where my course was hosted was more modern and clean, with plenty of space. Meeting the lecturers also made me realise I'd fit in just fine here.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Studying at Northumbria isn't easy, but with the support of the people around you and the organisation means you are always supported. They have great facilities. The lecturers also go our of their way to push you, and to organise great opportunities to help you learn and develop.

How connected was your course with industry?

There were several guest lectures and site visits that were extremely useful. One of our lecturers was part time and when not in the studio, he runs his own interior design firm! So we were very in touch with the realities of the industry.

What was the best thing about your course?

The people!

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

The software we got caught at University is essential to my career.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The trips to site & New York!

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

If you are moving away from home, be 100% sure you want to do it! You will be pushed to achieve all you are capable off... the move is worth it!!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Best. Time. EVER

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