I had several ideas to start but not all have come to fruition. Mainly this has been a time-issue. With a household to run and two children to look after my time has been restricted. Also due to my husband’s working patterns I haven’t been able to attend some workshops/events I would have liked including several events run by the Sheffield Creative Guild (https://www.facebook.com/sheffieldcreativeguild/)
“Sheffield Creative Guild has partnered with SIA to deliver a series of events aimed at bridging the gap between graduating and professional life.
Join us, Guild members, and other industry professionals as we explore and showcase creative industry opportunities in the city and beyond.
Expect talks, presentations, 1-1 opportunities and a chance to meet people and get your questions answered.
At 7pm this event will move to a nearby pub so that we can continue the good conversations and connections.
This event is part of a series:
31st January – get_local
14th February – get_connected
7th March – get_outthere
21st March – get_inthere
All the events are aimed at students and recent graduates but Guild members and other interested people are also encouraged to attend.
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There was also an illustration/sketch club workshop run by the Arthouse Sheffield which I also couldn’t attend. My hope as the children get older I might be able to attend something similar. But the ones by the Sheffield Creative Guild are the ones I’m most disappointed about not being able to attend. It may have given me ideas of what I could do with my creative skills.
I came up with ideas for some YCA and D & AD briefs I just never found the time to get them past the initial ideas stage. On reflection it may have be useful to create some designs for the briefs even if I didn’t enter the competitions. My design skills are rusty and these could have given me some practice which I need.
I have made several connections on LinkedIn, added my work to Twitter, Behance, Dribbble and Facebook Graphic Design groups. Although I don’t plan to pursue a Graphic Design career at present I still enjoy being creative and I would like to keep my options for the future. Keeping a “toe-in” seems like a good idea. Also networking will be useful for me with my Etsy shop. The Crafty Business Facebook group has been very handy for hints and tips but they also providing local meet-ups. I have also done some Freelance work for the group (http://www.aysheasiddall.co.uk/2017/09/17/crafty-business-autumn-fair-poster/)
I will be starting my ESCAL volunteering soon with Grenoside Primary. Closer to the time of applying for my PGCE I will apply for a teacher training placement, I haven’t done this yet as I haven’t applied for a PGCE yet.
Although I didn’t purchase a new camera (I was considering this) I have used my own photography in my research and also just for my own pleasure. I have had chance to discuss photographic techniques and cameras with Scott. I also had time in a photography studio with Scott and Sam Devine.
Graphic Design Placement/Jobs/Anxiety
In the end I did not contact any agencies for a placement or job opportunities due to my anxiety. My anxiety and depression is something that I can manage most of the time but sometimes it does come to the surface. Managing my anxiety better would help especially in regards to driving again. Due to anxiety I no longer drive which limits where I can work, driving again would increase job opportunities for me.
I will look further into helping myself handle my anxiety: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/anxiety-and-panic-attacks/self-care-for-anxiety/#.WrEA8OjFKUk
However, even if I was to over come my anxiety regrading graphic design jobs/placements due to the lack of part-time jobs in the industry I think I would struggle to secure work. Also
I got time to practice my illustration skills by designing some Xmas cards and some cards to sell on Etsy.
Having come on this course I have realised how hard it is to balance “working” and looking after two young children. Everything I have ever read or heard about a PGCE is that it is much more intense than a degree. This has made me re-evaluate the practicalities of studying for a PGCE. It is looking more likely that I will wait for the children to be much older before embarking on it. The practicalities of looking after a house, children and working is a lot to juggle. Selling on Etsy gives me the freedom to look after my children during the day and make items in the evening to sell.
I didn’t set out to do any freelance work at the start of the course, it just came my way. At this time I’m not sure I want to pursue anymore freelance work, in my experience most people want work for cheap or free – getting paid a reasonable amount for the skills and time involved seems like an impossible task. Many people value trades but don’t value creative skills.
Used my own photography in my research and also
Teaching Skills Test
LINKED IN, Behance, Dribbble, Twitter
Photograhphy – didn’t buy camera but started using old 350D – Practice
Also pracitsed illustration – xmas cards
PGCE – Struggling to get a 2.1 – revaulate – Plan B?
Placement – explain anxiety issues and then further link
explain skills issues – not up to scratch
Having come on this course I have realised how hard it is to balance “working” and looking after two young children. Everything I have ever read or heard about a PGCE is that it is much more intense than a degree. This has made me revaluate the practicalities of studying for a PGCE. It is looking more likely that I will wait for the children to be much older before embarking on it. The practicalities of looking after a house, children and working is a lot to juggle. Either selling items on Etsy like I have been doing or working a non-teaching part-time job may be more practical for now.