After the great feedback and success of publishing our IGNITE website and social media platforms, we decided to shine a spotlight on one graduate, who has uploaded their portfolio to the IGNITE website, each week. Through our Weekly Graduate Spotlight, the graduate chosen will have their work and their experience of The University of Plymouth or Plymouth College of Art promoted and celebrated on our various IGNITE platforms.
Alexandra’s Experience of Studying at The University of Plymouth
For Alexandra, the 3D Design Undergraduate degree at The University of Plymouth wouldn’t have been the same without course mates who, over the course of the degree, built such a strong support network that they became more of a family. On the course itself, Alexandra thrived most when being inspired and challenged to reach high standards in her work by the lecturers and university staff.
Outside of the lecture theatre and classroom, one element of the university which made Alexandra’s time studying her degree even better, was the location of the university. The benefit of having a campus in the heart of a creative and diverse city, with museums, nightclubs, shops and even the sea all just a short walk away, meant that inspiration for the next project was never hard to find.
Alexandra plans to return to The University of Plymouth to study on the Design and Technology PGCE in Secondary Education next year. However, due to there being a limited number of spaces on the PGCE course, Alexandra decided to prioritise completing her degree during the challenging circumstances of UK lockdown restrictions, as she was aware she could apply for the PGCE next year.
“As I want to go into secondary education, in September I will be working as a learning mentor at a secondary school to further my experience of working in a school.” – Alexandra Ide, 3D Design Graduate
In the meantime, to make the most of her time and prepare for her PGCE, Alexandra will be working as a learning mentor at a secondary school, where she hopes to further her experience of working in a school environment. Alexandra will also be seeking extra opportunities to develop her creative skills when working, this will be through either evening classes or extra courses to build upon her practical skills.
For Alexandra, completing a degree which requires her to rely heavily on the facilities available at the university, during challenging COVID-19 restrictions, meant she had to adapt greatly to the unprecedented time. One of the biggest challenges Alexandra faced due to the lockdown measures was having to navigate her final project around the limited resources available to her.
“Even after completing my final project in very challenging circumstances, the impact of the coronavirus is being seen more and more in the jobs and futures of young people greatly. As I want to go into education, I am lucky in the fact that jobs are still available in the sector, however, I believe this may be very different for my course mates wanting to go into the design industry.” – Alexandra Ide, 3D Design Graduate
How Careers Support and IGNITE Has Benefitted Alexandra
Due to the uncertain times ahead in the jobs sector, as well as the lack of opportunity to showcase work through exhibitions, Alexandra strongly believes that IGNITE could not have come at a better time for herself and her fellow graduates. By having her work displayed on her IGNITE profile, this will support Alexandra’s future job applications and opportunities, as potential employers from any industry will be able to have access to a portfolio of work she has created during her time at The University of Plymouth.
“Now more than ever it is so important that the graduates of 2020 feel supported by the university, as we have lost many different opportunities to showcase our work across the UK. So, the IGNITE website is an opportunity to help show work to the industry, where they would normally see work at exhibitions.” – Alexandra Ide, 3D Design Graduate