Flashback to June 2017, I had just graduated from the University of Manchester with an Architecture degree in hand, without much idea what to do with it. My passion for what I thought Architecture was, (three years prior), was somewhat naïve – eventually leading me to a sure-fire decision that I didn’t want to train for another four years to be fully qualified. While Uni is a great experience that gives lifelong friends, it doesn’t necessarily teach you how to figure out exactly what you want in life, and how to get there.
After applying for a variety of design related roles for a while, I had an internal chat with myself and a few career meetings to realign my creative path to focus purely on Graphic Design opportunities. I always loved branding and typography more than anything in the creative realm; this was the road I knew I had to walk.
Following a year-long journey of self-improvement and realignment of my skills through internships in the northwest, I had a solid, fresh, portfolio to hit the job market with. Here I come! Almost immediately, I found there was a lot less of a struggle in landing interviews in London, which conveniently tied into my idea of a new chapter in my life.
This brings us to October 2018, when I made the jump to what was going to be an exciting, culture shocking, expensive, value gaining, life lesson learning extravaganza!
I was living a comic book nerds dream, designing DC and Star Trek graphic novels for a large publisher in West London. While my first proper job was teaching me a lot in the design world, I was slowly learning valuable life lessons from the harsh reality of living in the busy capital. Eleven months, four flat moves, barely any savings and zero new friends later, I realised I was in a bit of a funk. In a way, I escaped to London for a fresh start and by staying there any longer, I was choosing an opportunity over happiness. Now came the decision to choose what was best for me, not my CV. I realised everything I needed for a happy life was available at home, with half the price and time taken!
Once back in Liverpool, I was fortunately, able to freelance for my employer in London whilst working from home and job hunting. I knew it was going to be difficult to land a job in a much smaller creative industry, so I had to put time into learning new skills like UI and motion design. A multitude of applications and interviews later, I clicked with the Agent family, who saw my potential and took me off the market. Woohoo!
I’m on my tenth week now, and it’s safe to say it’s been the most amazing and unique experience I’ve ever had in my employment history (bearing in mind I was used to an office in London where you only chat with four people out of 120). Within the Agent family, there is a strong sense of teamwork and helping each other learn and grow, both skill and personality-wise. The culture and environment really brings the inner extrovert out of you and helps with so much self-improvement.
I love that everyone makes the effort to get to know one another and there is real sense of team spirit. Now to make things even more interesting, our team is in our fifth week of working from home due to COVID-19. Having already worked from home, I’m having a bit of de-ja-vu! As a team, we make sure communication and wellbeing is a priority. We video call each other every day and make sure we virtually keep the office culture alive.
Looking back at my journey from graduation to today, I’m extremely proud of the challenges I’ve overcome and the decisions I’ve made to chase happiness and do what I love for a living. For now, I’m taking a break from my nomadic journeys and staying in Liverpool. I can see clearly how much I’ll develop as a designer and a human being over the next few years with the Agent family, and I can’t wait for it all to unfold.