From accidental intern to full time employee.
Two years ago, I took on a two-week job at 4c Design to help them prepare for an open day. That job evolved into a two-month internship where I was involved in a range of internal and external projects, as well as being given a product to develop and present back to the company. From day one I loved their fun, relaxed atmosphere that encouraged creativity.
When my internship finished it was back to university to finish my final year as a Product Design Engineering Masters student at the Glasgow School of Art. I graduated last year with first class honours and a six-week internship with Mitsubishi Electric in Japan.
This internship gave me some great experience in user centred service design and electronic prototyping. When I returned to Scotland, I was design engineer in residence at the Glasgow School of Art before I was employed at a furniture design and manufacturing company. This allowed me to improve my design for manufacture and technical drawing skills.
Since I was last here, 4c has grown in vision. They have expanded their core capabilities and invested in both their staff and their workshop. With upcoming key projects, they approached me directly to re-join the team. I jumped at the chance, as it allows me to stretch my capabilities in conceptual work, design engineering and prototype building. I enjoy a challenge, and 4c certainly offers that!
Being back at 4c has been a very exciting time, with the company putting me literally into the deep end working on submarine escape survival. Although a highlight so far was my first day – helping 8-year olds make rocket powered cars!
Looking back on my journey to this point, it is hard to believe that I only started at 4c with a desire of gaining some experience at a design consultancy, not knowing if it was for me. However, since my initial couple of months here, my love for the job has grown. I feel very grateful to have earned my place back on the team.