Interior Design BA Hons: Alice Connor shares her journey working for Regal Kitchens Ltd
My name is Alice Connor and I am 23-years-old. I am currently in the second year of my degree studying Interior Design BA Hons.
I studied on a placement at Regal Kitchens which was brought forward to me by my course tutor, Dani Ellis. I have been aware of Regal Kitchens for a while as they have been involved with the university centre for a few years holding workshops and showroom visits for students. I completed a total of 61.5 hours.
During my time there I was given some case studies to work on from real client briefs which I thought was great practice to work with information that came from real people that Regal Kitchens had designed for. I also got an insight into what it is like to work behind the scenes. On our course all the projects are hypothetical and so you don’t see what happens other than the design aspect. On placement I had to log a lot of invoices and deal with paperwork which is something I hadn’t even considered before and it was all really useful to see.
The university centre helped massively in finding my placement. We all had to do some research and contact companies we wanted to work with to complete a placement. I was struggling because the people I had contacted either already had interns and didn’t have space for me or were going through a quiet business period and didn’t have any work to offer me. When I mentioned this to Dani she came back saying that there was space at Regal Kitchens and was really helpful with giving me contact details for the business and my placement was set up in just a few hours.
What I really like about the university centre is that all the classes are on a smaller scale. On our course we get a lot of one-to-one time with tutors which you don’t get at the larger universities and this is something that made me want to attend this university in the first place. There is always someone there to help whenever you need it.
My plan at the moment after university, is to get a post graduate job hopefully within a smaller company. From talking to other graduates, it sounds as though working for a smaller company with less people means that you get to be more involved in the design process as opposed to a larger company with hundreds off staff.
After gaining some experience doing this my long-term goal is hopefully to one day have my own design company in residential design. I really want to be someone that can create specifically tailored designs for each individual to create something really special for each person.
For more information on the Interior Design course, visit: www.southessex.ac.uk/course/interior-design-ba-hons