Junior Creative Artworker
We have an exciting, year-long graduate position available, created to provide that all-important early experience for newly qualified designers to enter the job market.
APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2017/18 ARE OPEN
Who are we?
FdK Design Consultants is a multi-discipline design company that helps its clients to improve their profitability, brand equity and client and staff relationships through applying the principle that ‘Good Design is Good Business’.
With a 28-year long track record of providing consultation and design services to clients ranging from business start-ups to multinationals in many different business sectors, FdK has built a solid reputation for delivering high quality, practical and effective design solutions.
The company is embarking on a period of growth and is seeking to recruit new staff who can bring their skills and enthusiasm to add to our experience and reputation to build a business that is set for the next 28 years!
As graphic designers of many years standing, we recognise the difficulty that many new graduates can experience in getting into their first job, and it is with that in mind that we have created a new opportunity for a Junior Creative Artworker who will work in our studio in Guildford on design and production of projects in both printed and digital media.
What is the job?
This position is a 1-year (max) contract, created to provide that all-important early experience for newly qualified designers to enter the job market. During your time working at FdK Design Consultants you will be using industry-standard equipment and software and working on real projects for real clients that you can add to your portfolio. We will provide any necessary training and guidance to enable you to apply the skills you have acquired at college to work in a commercial environment.
During the period of the contract we will give you regular reviews and offer help and guidance in the preparation of your portfolio. We will also assist you in any ‘next step’ job applications that you make, or in setting up your own freelance business at the end of the contract.
By then, you will have acquired the skills, experience and portfolio samples to enable you to secure that dream job or set up on your own, and leave the space for the next new graduate to take up the role. There may also be the opportunity for full employment at FdK Design Consultants. We have a 100% record of our graduates going straight into another design job after only two or three interviews, so we are keen to maintain that and will expect a high standard from applicants for this post.
We will expect new entrants to have learned the essential software and design skills while completing their qualifications, but we may also provide in-house or external training in specific aspects of the job, such as communication and presentation skills, time recording and management, budgeting and administration.
The successful applicants will help us produce designs that get our clients’ messages across effectively and with high visual impact. We work with a wide range of clients on a huge variety of projects, including advertising and printed sales collateral, websites, digital and e-marketing, packaging, corporate identity and branding, exhibitions and displays.
Who are you?
You will be newly-graduated in graphic design, graphic communication, visual communication, advertising, digital communication design or a related subject, and have a real desire to embark on a career in design, and be keen and willing to adapt to the different environment of commercial design.
You will be interested in design in general, perhaps already blogging or using social media to express your interests, and have a hunger to learn more about how design impacts on every aspect of our lives and how businesses use it to grow their sales and reputations.
Your portfolio will be full of examples of projects undertaken at university that will demonstrate original, creative thinking, understanding of audiences, budgets and different media, as well as a keen eye for detail. It will also demonstrate your skills with the core software packages of design.
You will be familiar with working on Apple computers and comfortable using the Adobe Creative Suite, and be used to working closely with other colleagues involved in projects, such as designers, copywriters, photographers and sales staff.
Skills and personal qualities
You must have:
– Creative flair
– A strong visual sense
– Strong computer skills
– Confidence, to present and explain ideas to clients and colleagues
– The ability to grasp client needs and consider practical solutions
– A keen eye for detail including good proofreading skills
– The ability to balance work on several projects at a time
– Good teamworking skills
– An awareness of the competitive business environment you work in
– A matter-of-fact approach when ideas or designs are rejected
– The ability to meet deadlines and keep within allocated time
– Good time-keeping
It is important that you have an interest in:
– Design and art in general
– Graphics and typography
– Digital design – websites, apps, digital media
– New developments in design software and processes
– The wider world!
What is the work like?
You will work to bring many kinds of communication alive, producing designs that get our clients’ messages across effectively and with high visual impact. The role demands a keen business sense as well as creative flair.
Graphic design input is required for a huge variety of products and activities, including:
– Books and magazines
– Corporate identity – to give organisations a visual ‘brand’
– Exhibitions and displays
– Apps and other digital media
Tasks are likely to include:
– Finding out about the project requirements (taking a ‘brief’)
– Coming up with design concepts that fit the client’s needs
– Presenting options for design treatments
– Creating final designs, working to a deadline and budget
– Amending designs according to the client’s final comments
– Proofreading and preparing designs to be sent to print
Apart from rough sketches, most graphic design work is now done on computer. Graphic designers use specialised industry-standard graphics or multimedia software packages.
You will take briefs from an account manager or partner who has responsibility for client contact, and as well as working closely with them, you may also occasionally deal directly with clients.
You will also have to work closely with other colleagues involved in projects, such as copywriters, photographers and sales staff. In order to win work, you may take part in formal presentations to ‘pitch’ our company to potential clients.
Hours and environment
Normal working time is 9.00 to 5.30 (37.5 hours a week), Monday to Friday. Extra hours may occasionally be required, especially to meet critical project deadlines.
You will work in our light and open plan studio in Guildford, with all equipment provided. The building has parking, a secure rack for bikes, and showers; there are bus stops close by; and the rail station is a 40-minute walk away.
Salary and other benefits
– Competitive salary
– 28 days’ holiday including Bank Holidays
– Resources and support for portfolio and CV development
– The position is a strictly one-year (maximum) contract ending 30th June.
If you are interested in applying, please email [email protected] with a CV and portfolio.
What our past interns thought
"Looking back at my 8 month internship as a Junior Creative Artworker at FdK, it has been a great first job to develop my skills, personality and confidence after university. It was definitely the next step that I needed. To start with I felt that any work I was going to be given would be out of my depth, however this view quickly changed, with being thrown straight into jobs and only having to ask if I wasn't sure."
"My time as an intern provided me with new skills and experiences; from regular portfolio reviews and CV critiquing, to developing my ability within the design programs. I had the opportunity to work directly with clients and help with FdK's exhibition stand held at 'Guildford Means Business'. The internship has allowed me to explore varieous areas within design and it prepared me with the skills necessary for the next step in my design career."
"FdK has been a really wonderful place to work and I have learnt so much in the time I have spent as a Junior Creative Artworker with them. I am certainly looking forward to the next step in my career and the experience I gained at FdK helped me prepare for my new role, but I will always miss the warm and creative atmosphere of the studio. The team helped me so much and I wish them all the best for the future!"
"The time I spent as part of FdK Design Consultants has been a great experience. The internship was such a good opportunity and has provided me with various skills and knowledge, which has helped me move onto the next step. I’ve left here with a strong portfolio of work and a wide range of experience. The studio is a lovely environment to work in and I couldn’t have wished for a nicer start in my career."