Having graduated in May 06, i have found it very difficult to get a full time job. This may be because i have narrowed myself of to menâ€™s footwear, (meaning no high heels, as much as a do love seeing them on beautiful girls)
I must have been to about 6 maybe more interviews each with my portfolio which is quite student like with a lot of uni work, but also integrated with the work i have done for freelance with a couple of US and 1 UK jeans brand since leaving uni.
I am becoming more and more concerned that i will end up designing in the of just fashion, ok not the end of the world but its not quite what i had in mind when i went to uni.
- job i went for a interview in January, I was offered the position and was so happy that i would be starting the new year with a new job with a good salary. I was then told that due to a recruitment freeze the job would be put on hold till April. So i was pretty annoyed but ok i will just have to wait it out and hold tight. Contacted them again in April saying Im hear I want to work lets go, to be told we have just lost a senior designer we cannot take you on until july & till we replace the senior designer.
So I went back to the jeans brand on my hands and knee’s and said look Iâ€™m in London I need some work what can you offer me. Luckily they managed to give me a wee project. with a Northern Street clothing brand.
I was then contacted by a recruitment company in London for a job, the job was only temporary and it was in central London, but the catch was it was a technical role, an area which I only touched on at uni. Friday I went to the interview set out my stall as I was enthusiastic and would defiantly like to learn and thought I could offer a small amount of what they were originally looking for. Interview went well I thought.
Later that night the recruitment girl phones me up saying good start Monday Â£10 ph. As a Temporary technical developer.
I have been here 4 months checking sampleâ€™s, critical path, sorting box upon box of samples and generally doing everything apart from design or anything creative. And now they have now found the correct person for the job, as I wish to pursue my passion in footwear design.
There had been talk of oh Reuben why donâ€™t you stay we need another footwear designer.
We like you fit in etc etc etcâ€¦.
So having met with the Design Director I was set a project of updating 3 areaâ€™s of there footwear which I did in 1 Â½ weeks, on top of doing my work. After presenting the work, I was told that okay you have done a good job but I cant tell you if you have or havenâ€™t got the job, even if there was going to be a job.!!!
So I now find my self coming to the end of my last week with no knowledge of where the path to becoming a footwear designer will lead me. But thinking would life have been this easy if I had chosen to do Industrial / product design, even if I move to the states, surely they donâ€™t have many people who are trained in actual footwear design.
The problem is lack of jobs,
lack of people letting graduates in and pay them something for learning
the lack of interesting footwear brands that try to do something different, not just pumping poor shoe after poor shoe in to the market.
Sorry for ranting at you all about how bad or how unsatisfying my current work situation is.
May be I will move to New Zealand and become a sheep farmer.
please excuse mild dyslexia