A buddy book

Design work experience buddy book
A book you can give to work experience students to help them through the week – just like a member of staff standing next to them all week, only better!

This book is supplied as an InDesign file so you can customise it for your studio.

Contents
  • templates to describe your studio and introduce your team.
  • an outline of the legal stuff
  • a list of expectations for the students
  • an outline of a student's responsibilities
  • hints for the student to get them through the week.

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Why offer work experience?

Many secondary students don't have an understanding of how a workplace functions let alone a design studio. They start design studies without any real understanding of the design industry. The chance to see how a studio works may help them decide that design is definitely their career choice or conversely they will see that it does not suit them. 

There are many benefits

There is no doubt that having a work experience student will cost you lost earnings. But there are a number of benefits that make it worthwhile.

  1. By placing one of your younger designers in charge of managing the work experience student you can develop their supervisory and management skills.
  2. You can demonstrate that you are a good corporate citizen by taking on work experience, then unashamedly make this known to clients.
  3. It will demonstrate you commitment to your local community.
  4. You can get a different (younger) perspective in the studio by involving the student in research and brainstorming.
  5. It is a way of giving back to the industry that has helped you set up your studio.
  6. It reduces the burden on education – most design courses have drop outs from students who get into a course and then decide a design career is not for them – this is a cost to us, the tax payers.

What is work experience?

Work experience is normally one or two weeks of placement in your studio. The students are usually doing a design subject at school and have an interest in a design career. They will be in years 10, 11 or 12.

This site has been prepared so that the industry can offer innovative work experience that gives a real insight into the workings of a design studio. In planning your work experience program you should:

  1. provide work experience that is suitable for a year 10, 11 or 12 student with little or no understanding of a design studio
  2. be aware of all relevant legislation which varies from state to state
  3. allow the students to take part in all types of activities in the studio
  4. allow students to work with different level designers and managers in the studio.

Work experience resources

This site has a number of resources to make the work experience process easier.

There is a student workbook that will help them through the process. It includes:

  1. how to apply for work experience.
  2. how to make studio contacts.
  3. questions to ask in the interview.
  4. aworksheet that helps get to know the studio.
  5. timesheets/diary to help make the most of their work experience.
  6. worksheets that help write a design brief.
  7. achievements checklist that helps them record the outcomes of their work experience.

There is also a buddy book to help the person in your studio that has responsibility for the work experience student. See the sidebar to the left.

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