Back and Yoobee

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I was back at my old school, Yoobee today and it was very special for me as I was invited to talk with the students and share my design experienes. I had to take a day off work, so big ups to my boss Steve who is just so awesome for letting me do it. What a great man.

It was nerve racking to say the least as I didn’t expect to see so many people. I didn’t really think anyone would want to hear what I had to say and when I’m nervous the bad jokes come out, so I apologise to all those Yoobee students who had to listen to them 😉

What a buzz it was though, seeing all the students and seeing some of the work they were doing, they kindly let me into the class after the presentation and let me have a look at the work they were producing and I gave them a bit of creative help. 

It totally reminded me of what it was like when I first started. I’ve always wanted to do this because in my third week of uni I ended up a bundle of tears because someone told me I wasn’t ever going to be a graphic designer. (I showed that ar$# h*!%)

Thank god for Pam my tutor at the time who gave me back my confidence and boosted me back up, but I always wanted someone to just tell me that it was ok and what I was doing was right, that the industry is good and that if you really,really want it and work really, really hard you will get it. 

I spoke about what it was like going for interviews, Toast, C.V’s, different jobs, organising files and a few other random tips. Apart from that and the bad jokes, I did give away some cool prizes to some brave students who answered some of my questions such as why do you want to be a designer? and what are your two favourite fonts? Chocolate accompanied every prize and a huge thanks to Karen from Peg Creative who sponsored some cool gift vouchers. 

I hope I at least inspired one or two students to believe in themselves and to know that there is such an exciting world waiting for them and to follow their dreams.

I would gladly do it again and can’t wait to see what these new students produce with their work. The only thing I didn’t get was a photo for the blog but I thought after the bad jokes it might be too much lol

Joanne Whyte