What job/study are you doing right now and tell us a little about it?
I am currently studying my Degree in Graphic Communication, with hopes of going onto placements in graphic design companies after its completion.
Did you do any further/higher education?
After St Cuthbert's I studied Graphic Design, Photography and English Combined at Carmel College, after which I went to study an Art Foundation Diploma, achieving a Distinction grade before finally progressing on to University,
How did you decide on your career path and what is/was most interesting about your work?
It was during St Cuthbert's that I realised that a career involving art was something that I wanted to do, and through my years in education I've used this time to experiment with different mediums like photography, design, fine art and more. Now on this degree I find that I am able to use this creativity to form outcomes that relate to personal and social issues that I can relate with, and feel through my designs can change and alter for the better.
Can you share a couple of fond memories of your time at St Cuthbert's?
My favourite times at St Cuthbert's was definitely Art Club, as it was pure fully fun to experiment with different practices and techniques, (some of which looking back on, were horrendous) but ultimately just having fun and learning through many many mistakes of how to create something interesting and unique.
Did you have a favourite/influential teacher? What made them so important to you?
My favourite teacher was without a doubt Miss Alhadad, (who was also my form tutor, so clearly not biassed) who basically tutored me through 4 years of my life and taught me everything I know today, both about art itself as well as personal lessons such as confidence, and empathy. She was always able to put herself in someone else's shoes and give them the right advice, which is something I still do to this day.
What advice would you give our current students?
Use this time to experiment, and make mistakes. So many people today are results-focused for the sake of it. My best bit of advice would be focus in on what you love to do, and develop a strong sense of determination towards that field, as it is this passion that will benefit you in the long run.