Here’s another update to one of my small business chats and a chance to catch up with our student interviewee, Matthew Marron.
Matt’s original interview was published on 6 August 2011. When asked where he saw himself in a year’s time, he answered, “Full time! Huddersfield University has a business start-up scheme which helps with office space and free phones, and this, combined with the connections I have steadily built up, will hopefully help me land on my feet”. Read on to find out what happened next …
Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
From a personal point of view, yes. I graduated from university with a great 2:1 and an impressive portfolio as well as bags of experience from my freelance work. However, my plans have changed from wanting to run a business full time to wanting to be employed full time.
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
Now I’ve finished uni and weighed up my options, I’d like to gain the experience of working in the industry. I’m currently looking for work as a graphic designer where hopefully I will still be included in meetings with clients so I won’t miss the perks of freelancing too much!
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
I’ve learnt lots, my design has progressed amazing amounts in the past year, the same for my drawing style. I’m finally producing the type of work that I used to look at and think “wow, I wish I could do that!”
I wish a year ago I knew how much experience I’d have been expected to have upon leaving uni. While my freelance work speaks volumes to most, some employers toss it aside, assuming that I’ve done the usual free work for friends and family and classed it as freelance. Looking back, I should have taken a gap year to gain experience within the industry.
Any more hints and tips for people?
My main rule at the moment is stay creative, keep doing things that I’m passionate about and hopefully the rest will fall into place!
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
Employed as a graphic designer.
So, a bit of a change for Matthew there, and we’ll have to say goodbye to him for the time being. If anyone has a space for a keen young graphic designer, do get in touch, though! We wish Matthew all the luck in the world as he progresses in his career.
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