Design work experience student workbook

A 20 page workbook to help students complete work experience in a design studio.

Contents

How work experience works
How to organise your studio contacts
Suggested interview questions
Worksheets
Timesheets/diary
Help write a design brief
Achievements checklist to record outcomes

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Roles and responsibilities

In doing work experience your child should at least gain an understanding of what a graphic designer does and how a design studio works. At best they will finish a design brief and go away with a mounted piece of work in their portfolio.

Help your child to set some objectives for the work experience.

For example: at the end of this work experience I should be able to:

  1. demonstrate problem solving skills (parent + car + me = lift to placement)
  2. demonstrate improved communication and interpersonal skills (dealing with other people in the studio)
  3. demonstrate time management skills (showing up on time and getting things done quickly)
  4. demonstrate professionalism (dressing appropriately, knowing when to ask questions, when to keep quiet)
  5. demonstrate teamwork (including being respectful to others)
  6. show willingness to learn and be guided by others (you don’t know it all)
  7. show enthusiasm for the tasks provided (‘yeah, whatever’ is not the best response)
  8. understand what type of work a graphic designer does
  9. understand how a design studio functions
  10. understand the design process
  11. demonstrate an ability to read and analyse a design brief
  12. demonstrate an ability to prepare thumbnails to answer a design brief
  13. demonstrate an understanding of computers used in a design studio
  14. demonstrate a basic understanding of InDesign and or Photoshop

Studio etiquette

Before your child begins their work experience they should check the following things with the studio owner:

  1. dates for the work experience
  2. working hours (start, finish, lunch)
  3. dress code
  4. correct address
  5. materials you will be required to bring

These should be recorded in their Work Experience Workbook

Punctuality

Stress with your child that this is more than a school excursion. They need to demonstrate their attitude to work by turning up five minutes before the starting time and staying until the designated finish time. If the studio staff only take 45 minutes for lunch then they should do the same.

Telephones

Your child should understand that they need to ask permission to use the telephone and then only if it is essential. If they have to make a phone call they should keep the conversation brief. Make sure they know the studio approach to using mobile phones in the workplace.

Web access

Some studios have rules about web access and email access. Make sure your child understands what the procedure is.

Visitors

If you intend visiting the studio it is your child's responsibility to arrange a time that suits the studio owner.

There are sections in the Workbook where your child can record these details.