Some of me greatest achievements include: moving to America in 2010 to marry my wonderful wife Ashley. I now live in Michigan; I drew and published a comic book about two hitmen who have to fight a giant snake in the sewers of Detroit and; learned how to code websites which has served me well in my job. I never thought I’d be a coder.
My advice would be to take risks, get out of your comfort zone and be confident, even if you have to fake it til you make it.
I am the Creative Design Team Manager for Michigan.com – the state’s largest Media Marketing Company. I manage the creative team and work on advertising projects such as print ads, digital ads, email blasts, websites, video projects and even writing articles all for our own marketing, and external clients who want to grow their business.
I am now a qualified teaching assistant. For the last year I have been on work placement in a first school and I am continuing this next year as I work towards a foundation degree.
My advice would be to research all options like college, as schools don’t make all the options clear. You don’t have to go to uni!
Since KEVI, I have been studying Industrial Design at Northumbria University. People always ask what Industrial Design is? And to me it is a broad mix of many design disciplines, from product to furniture, graphic to service design.
I have had the opportunity to work on a number of great projects within the design school and I have also interned with furniture design companies both in the UK and abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Choose something that makes you happy! Something that makes you excited to get out of bed every morning!
I currenty work at Design for Industry – Northumbria University, Newcastle
I am the Client Services Director at Northgate Public Services (NPS). I have had a successful and varied management career in both the public and private sectors. I have worked at senior level as a management consultant for Deloitte and KPMG and have held an Executive Director position for a large local authority in North West England. I now lead NPS’s North East Regional Business Centre in Hartlepool where we provide IT and various other professional services for clients all over the UK and abroad.
Advice to my 16 year old self would be always follow your gut instinct when making career decisions, it will never let you down.
I’m currently training for the army. For anyone who wishes to join straight from school I would honestly just do it. I had no grades and no knowledge but coming to afc harrogate has opened my eyes and made me realise what is good and bad.
Just follow your dreams and you will succeed.
I have travelled Australia and Fiji. I have met some of the most amazing people. And worked as a manager of an Italian restaurant whilst travelling.
To my 16 year old self: You have done the right thing. Followed what your heart tells you to do and not follow someone else’s ideas.
After leaving KEVI in 2010 I went to the University of Reading to study Meteorology and Climate. After the best 3 years of my life there I graduated with a 2:1 and got a job with MeteoGroup as a forecaster for offshore weather from Aberdeen. I get to spend a lot of time in the Netherlands as part of my job, which is cool if you like the Netherlands.
My advice would be to study things that already interest you and don’t be afraid to travel. A Levels are the most important exams you’ll ever do because they decide where you go to Uni and Uni will completely influence your life like nothing else. Don’t be scared of it though, or scared of the debt, everyone else is in the same boat. Enjoy sixth form and remember the friends you have now aren’t replaceable and you’ll have them forever. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Since leaving KEVI in 2012 I have moved away from home, I have gained a job and also will be graduating March 2016 where a job has already been offered. I have already decided which path in nursing I am taking. I will specialise in dementia and care of the elderly and progress to cardiology in a few more years.
If I could go back to being 16 I would not mess around so much and actually try with exams and school in general.
I am currently a student nurse graduating March 2016. Also a health care assistant in the local hospital.
I currently work for an organisation called Project Trust who specialises in sending school leavers, aged between 17 and 19, overseas for 8 or 12 months at a time. I am a Returned Volunteer from South Africa myself and so would be keen to advocate this experience (well, just volunteering in general).
I am also about to head out to Zambia for 8 months, to work with an International Development charity through ICS (International Citizens Service)
I am at Newcastle college on the art and design foundation course, specialising in Fine Art.
My main piece of advice is DO WHAT YOU ENJOY!! And then work hard at it.