I also exhibited my final major project for my course, which was a half-scale cabinet. One of the great things about your skills as a modelmaker is the different types of work they equip you for – everything from architecture to sculpting, product design, metalwork and carpentry.
I gained a strong sense of responsibility from creating a complex and detailed model for a real client. I got a lot of guidance from the Make modelshop team, and I learnt a lot about project management from both managing my own projects and talking to others in the team. By the time I went to New Blades I felt confident in the work I had produced.
So what now?
New Blades was a fantastic experience, and I hope the next show will happen and be better than ever, whether it’s a digital or physical event. Using the skills I learnt through my degree and work experience, I found that I was much less nervous and intimidated at the prospect of speaking to people. And you can take the skills you have picked up and apply them to your next step.
You can create your own digital portfolio online, to celebrate your work and expertise and to share with potential employers. You can reach out to people in the industry with confidence in everything you’ve accomplished so far.
It’s a really tough time to be a graduate, but don’t let that dampen your ambitions. Reach out to the people you would have wanted to meet at New Blades, and see if you can find opportunities to let your creativity and skills shine.
This post forms part of our #futuremodelmakers campaign to celebrate the work of the 2020 modelmaking graduates.