Cait Dorombozo at all times needed to pursue a inventive profession—a serendipitous assembly in a canine park was simply the factor to push her in the proper path. We not too long ago caught up with Cait to talk about how she landed her present job off the again of her Shillington portfolio evaluation, her longest venture up to now and far more!
Why Shillington? What made our design course stand out from the remaining?
I really met a Shillington full-time scholar in New Farm Park one morning strolling our canines, like a yr earlier than I began the course. She lit up speaking about it, and my ears pricked up that there was a specialised graphic design faculty in Brisbane that wasn’t a part of the common Uni route.
Trying on-line, I bought a really feel that the course supplied actual fast-paced talent growth, they usually supplied a part-time class within the evenings which meant I may nonetheless work full-time. Plus, there’s an choice to pay as you go—large gamechanger.
It was an enormous danger (to me) committing to one thing I’ve at all times needed to pursue, and I needed to have an achievable profession pathway. Each graduate turns into part of the Shillumni community (graduates & different business professionals). How good is that. Reassuring to know there was one thing additional past the course itself.
I attended an in-person data night time and was utterly offered. Particularly by Mitch and Adam (who later turned my academics)—tremendous chill and tremendous passionate. They took us by way of a design technique of a fish & chippery from begin to end, and I simply couldn’t consider this was an actual job. Like listening to somebody converse the language you thought you simply made as much as your self.
What have you ever been as much as since commencement? How has your life modified after Shillington?
A lot. My profession utterly modified—gone are the times of hospo and actual property. I’m utterly humbled and comfortable to say I’m a graphic designer (and getting paid for it haha).
I used to be actually jazzed after commencement and saved the momentum going. I began an Instagram account to archive & share my design initiatives, I did some free initiatives for some shut buddies, put collectively some unsuccessful proposals (enormous studying curb), and I began focusing on a choose few Brisbane design studios to introduce myself to.
By way of an Instagram tag I ended up connecting with Model Strategist Mark Pollard and chatted with him on Sweathead, A Technique Podcast on Spotify. It was an opportunity to additional workshop my Greyhound Adoption Marketing campaign (from Shillington) and was very cool to do.
Now I work as full-time designer with an incredible staff, and now they must endure my humour each day (sorry guys).
You latterly landed a job as a Graphic Designer for DSR Branding! Congratulations, how did that come about?
It was tremendous natural. All graduates spoke to an business skilled by way of a 15-min Zoom to share our portfolio to achieve suggestions and insights—I used to be lucky sufficient to be paired with Dan Rowell.
I had a script prepared to speak by way of all my initiatives, which utterly (and instantly) went out the door, however seems when you realize your course of and design journey then it’s far simpler to speak about naturally. I believe that’s why I may calm down a little bit, and never fear about sounding too stiff. I simply spoke how I converse in actual life.
Dan invited me to the studio to satisfy Reuben, their Lead Designer, to share my portfolio as soon as extra. In February I joined the DSR staff as a freelancer, and some months later I used to be supplied a full-time place. I’m grateful to be part of a staff that continues to adapt and evolve with each venture, works solely with like-minded shoppers, and champions (and nurtures) skilled development. I’m in the proper place. Thanks once more Dan.
What do you like about being a designer?
That your perspective & perspective is a superpower. It’s celebrated that you just assume in a different way. I really like fussing over the finesse particulars with different like-minded individuals, and iterate and pressure-test an thought til you may’t anymore. It’s like talking a language I didn’t know I knew. It’s enjoyable. It’s satisfying to create off the display screen. To kick round (good & unhealthy) concepts with out hesitation. Not all concepts are winners, however that’s the purpose to maintain pushing by way of (some should be nurtured into goodies). I really like that you would be able to be sincere and weak, not know the solutions, and nonetheless push on. I really like that there are tens of millions of designers on the market that create as a result of that’s what they should do – and I’m now a part of that neighborhood.
What had been you as much as earlier than Shillington? Why did you make the leap and enrol?
I labored onerous in hospitality for over twelve years, my essential highlights being with the Jamie Oliver UK & AUS Group, Hamilton Island and extra not too long ago Harvey’s on James Road. I had a brief (and unsuccessful) stint as a journey agent. Then I moved into the true property sector for 2 years.
I keep in mind enrolling and paying my deposit at midnight in November 2019 (to begin in February). I used to be tremendous pissed off with feeling caught in what I used to be doing. I needed to create. I really learn Mark Manson’s Delicate Artwork of Not Giving a F**Okay. I requested myself, what can I lose from doing this, nothing (solely extra time-wasted). What can I acquire? The whole lot.
Did you’ve gotten any earlier design expertise? How did the course construct your skillset?
No earlier expertise. I had self-taught some InDesign naked fundamentals the yr prior in my previous job. The course was phenomenal. It’s designed to begin you off from scratch, so it doesn’t matter if you happen to’ve by no means touched Adobe, not to mention a Mac.
My academics had been phenomenal. Inspiring. Supporting. Motivating. Always filling our design love buckets up and maintaining them overflowing. Difficult and empowering us. I keep in mind the primary night time they referred to as us creatives, and I lastly felt within the precise proper place.
The quick briefs had been difficult however bought us comfy with sharing our work on the finish of each class. We had a clearly outlined course of we may comply with like a recipe, this turned my mantra. To iterate quick. Downside remedy. Group critiques turned extra comfy after which utterly regular. The entire course is designed to offer us a style of various briefs & kinds throughout a number of design programmes, after which we may hone it in at portfolio time.
They train you to work smarter not more durable, to make use of keyboard shortcuts to be tremendous time-efficient, to be precise and never simply guess. I’ve discovered that processes can take form and at all times evolve over time, however the basis is at all times the identical. P.S. Always remember your grid haha.
What was your largest problem through the course? Why?
Most likely the enormity of all the pieces you’re studying at such a fast-pace. I prefer to study issues in-depth, and it’s nearly like you’ll want to shift gears to soak up what you may and maintain shifting on. I needed to let go of making an attempt to be good and simply attempt my finest within the second.
Through the course, it turned much less in regards to the completed design, and extra about the way in which I may deal with the method and develop an thought. I needed to change into much more disciplined and provides myself limits and timings. It was so onerous to do however extremely precious. Play & self-discipline – there’s a stability someplace between the 2.
Did you make any significant connections with academics or fellow college students through the course?
Tons. I’m so grateful to have met these improbable individuals, no two the identical. We attempt to meet up once we can. You find yourself bonding organically along with your classmates, as soon as everybody relaxes into the course, you assist and study from one another with out realising it.
Our academics Mitch & Adam are absolute legends. They’re caught with me for all times now haha (sorry guys). An enormous a part of my design journey, and I’ll at all times be grateful. You additionally find yourself assembly a great deal of different graduates and academics you come throughout in individual or on-line. There are such a lot of good individuals on the market.
What was your favorite transient on the course? Inform us your course of!
It’s a detailed toss-up between Marketing campaign and Handmade.
I created a marketing campaign to encourage the adoption of ex-racing greyhounds (impressed by our two sofa patatas, Deedee & Glover). It was a whole lot of enjoyable, and the primary time I used illustration (in Procreate) to hold out a venture.
The marketing campaign method itself was an eye-opener that anybody can begin with a good suggestion, however except you may execute it nicely with a transparent technique, it’s very easy to get misplaced alongside the way in which.
We used Mark Pollard’s framework of downside, perception, and resolution to cut back the marketing campaign to some key factors. What’s the only type of the issue, and the only type of the answer. For those who perceive what you’re making an attempt to realize on the core, you’re in a position to keep centered and have a north star to comply with.
The place do you see your self in 12 months time?
I see myself with a stronger skillset in illustration and model technique. I see myself getting extra concerned within the native Brisbane neighborhood with design alternatives and occasions. Most likely nonetheless being interested by all the pieces design and watching a great deal of tutorials haha.
What would you say to somebody who’s sceptical in regards to the Shillington course?
Simply do it.
If you wish to rekindle your inventive facet in any manner, be nurtured, challenged, change into a stronger designer (throughout any inventive self-discipline)—then Shillington is good. I would do it yet again if I may. It actually formed my future and gave me the talents and connections to get there.
Belief within the course and belief within the course of. Get comfy with the concept of being weak, as a result of that’s when the true magic occurs. Dangerous concepts result in good concepts (you want each). It’s not about being good. Get pleasure from it and go alongside for the journey with a prepared and open perspective and also you’ll thank your self later.
Inform us one thing about your self that may shock us!
I’m about to complete my longest venture up to now. Been engaged on it for a little bit over 9 months now, and really excited to see it in the true world. We predict our child woman to reach March twenty first, 2022.