Sarah Burgess addresses students in guest lecture series


Last week Moving Brands’ Junior Designer Sarah Burgess travelled back to Loughborough University School of the Arts to give a lecture to third year Visual Communication students. Sarah spoke to both Loughborough and visiting students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. Sarah spoke about her first year in the industry and her experience as a graduate. Read her account of the day below:

I was invited to a lecture entitled ‘Preparation for Industry: Beyond Graduation’, to share the most important things I have learnt since leaving university and my thoughts about the best way to move into the world of work, with a few small anecdotes along the way.

I wanted to land one major talking point – transferable skills. I discussed my own experience as an illustrator and how my knowledge of process, concepts, and storytelling allowed me to apply myself to the role of Junior Designer. This is one of the most important pieces of information I could impart.

I remember feeling pigeon-holed when looking at career choices beyond freelance illustration. This of course wasn’t the case – I learnt many skills at university that I use every day as a designer.

I dedicated a section of my presentation to my time at Moving Brands. I spoke about the company in general and more specifically my role. This gave me the rare chance to reflect on everything I’ve achieved since my graduation.

The best received part of my lecture were my top ten tips for getting your foot in the door – definitely helped by the abundance of gifs online.

I concluded with Q&A session. Not only was it great to interact with eager final year students, it was satisfying to answer questions and discuss the situations all graduates face when building a portfolio and applying for internships.

 My most valuable piece of advice from the day – make your portfolio a representation of yourself and make it stand out. The whole experience made me realise how far I’ve progressed in the past year, from fledgling graduate to accomplished Junior Designer.

written by Sarah Burgess