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Jessica Williams

Career Path: Designer
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Jessica WilliamsFrom a young age I always knew I wanted to do something creative. After visiting an open day for Design for Industry at Northumbria and after seeing what you could produce and become after studying there, I knew this was the course for me

What are you doing now?

I am currently a designer at LamasaTech, designing temperature Kiosks and digital solutions.

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

Northumbria for me ticked all the boxes, the course itself looked engaging and offered a good mixture between theory and practical-based work.Being from newcastle, I knew the city itself had an amazing social scene.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

My experience at Northumbria was very positive. A lot of my course was practical, hands-on based, with access to a workshop and technicians who were always more than happy to help and give guidance when needed.

How connected was your course with industry?

My course in particular was very well connected with the industry. During 2nd and 3rd year, we had to complete 3-6 month placements. Throughout term time, we were also involved in a variety of live briefs which gave us a fantastic opportunity to engage with the design world.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

I did 2 placements while studying, both in Sydney, Australia. My placements were both amazing experiences as they gave me the workplace experience you miss while at university. They have also made the ever daunting transition from university to work so much easier as I knew what to expect when starting in a professional role.

What was the best thing about your course?

Definitely the placements and access to workshop facilities alongside the technicians who couldn't be more helpful.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Gaining my degree and winning an RSA opened the doors to the design world for me and I am now in a career in which I love!

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

In my current role, I use CAD on a daily basis which I learnt in depth while studying. The course itself was incredibly broad and gave me insights into all different aspects of design, including product design, UI/UX design and graphic design which have all been useful while at my current job.

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

The social aspect to university and establishing amazing friendships is something that will stay with me for life.

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

Be prepared to mingle, join clubs and societies, know a few basic recipes before living on your own!

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

Lively, opportunistic, fun

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