Over the course of the last 4 days I have spent at Futuretheory, I have very much enjoyed my time. As a year 10 student at Belconnen High School, like many others, I was eager to gain professional experience that would allow me to learn and grow, particularly around the field of design.
When I first learnt about the opportunity to undertake work experience, I was thrilled at the thought of this. I spent a while looking for the perfect work placement until I came across Futuretheory’s website. Their overview of what they had to offer had me intrigued, making my decision easier.
My end goal for this short work experience was to gain more knowledge about the world of design and to see if this field was right for me and a career I would like to pursue. As this was my very first work experience, I had no prior knowledge of being in an office environment and I had no idea of what to expect when I first started. Despite this, I was looking forward to experiencing something new and different from my normal school routine.
Reflecting back to my first day at Futuretheory, I was guided by the marketing coordinator, Kelsey, and she assigned me a couple of minor tasks which involved making posts for Futuretheory’s Instagram and designing thumbnails for their YouTube channel podcast, Future Tribe. On my second day, I worked on four more thumbnail designs which I really enjoyed making. Towards the end of the day, the Director of Futuretheory, Germaine, assigned me a project which involved designing a logo for a blog, WeCanberra.
On the third day, I continued working on the logo, researching the different types of logos and inspiration to find out more about simple and modern logo designs, which was what Germaine was looking for. I began sketching out my ideas and experimenting with what worked and what didn’t.
On the fourth and final day, I was walked through Adobe Illustrator by Kelsey, which I found quite difficult to get the hang of as I have never used it before. After experimenting and implementing my designs using Illustrator, I began this journal documenting my experience working at Futuretheory.
Overall, my work experience at Futuretheory was positive. I am very pleased with the number of things I have learnt and experienced within the few days of being here. Although I didn’t get the full experience of a “9 to 5” job, I did get the most out of the hours I did spend here. I am glad to have experienced this wonderful opportunity, to get an insight into what a job is like in the real world. Thank you to Germaine and his team for enabling me to have this experience. I wish nothing but the best of luck to Futuretheory as they continue to grow and achieve great things.
What was the highlight of your work experience?
The highlight of my work experience at Futuretheory was the opportunity to express my creativity through many tasks and to be working in a different environment opposed to school. I also enjoyed viewing all of the designs they created for previous clients and being able to work on meaningful projects.
What has been the most valuable thing you have learnt?
The most valuable thing I have learnt from working at Futuretheory would be the knowledge I have gained. Before working here I had no experience working with any Adobe applications but I had always wanted to learn it. Fortunately enough, I was able to be given the opportunity to use the application and be taught the basics, which will deem helpful in the classes I will be taking in the future.
Has anything surprised you during your work experience?
If I’m being completely honest, I was surprised by how tired I was at the end of each day. Not even completing a full 9 to 5 job, I now understand what adults mean wishing for it to be Friday. The “lunch breaks” were also very different from school, as everyone would eat at different times and often at their desks, so it was just all weird to me. I also wasn’t used to such a quiet environment as school is often very loud and everyone’s always chatting nonstop.
Do you have any advice for people looking at doing work experience themselves?
My advice to anyone wishing to complete work experience, would be to just go for it! I think it’s a great opportunity to experience what you are passionate about and to find out whether that field is right for you, or even to just get a taste of what a job in the real world is like. It’s a great place to learn many new things, which you can apply to future jobs, and even day to day life.