Friday, 30 October 2009

Group Tutorial Preparation

What is professional/industrial experience?
From my understanding of professional experience it is about obtaining information about existing practices that inform and aid your knowledge and understanding of a practice that you intend on entering. (In one sentence)

Why is professional/industrial experience important as part of PPD?
1. Experience is an accurate way of making an understanding of something you may not know about properly.
2. Experience can build up a foundation of knowledge on how to operate within a business, time-keeping, how much to charge, how to keep professional contact with clients, etc.
3. Most employers seek people with experience, as they can faster adapt to the needs of the business.
4. Industrial experience builds up a contact list and references which may become useful.
5. It develops your understanding of creative industries and what kind of people are required, which can be something to aim for as an successful sought-after employee.

How do you gain professional/industrial experience and what form does it take?
1. The work experience program, most industries offer work experience or sorts but can be unreliable and hard to obtain.
2. Creating networks and contact-lists through phone/emails.
3. A portfolio, creative industries require physical examples of the work you produce, this can be used as a reference point for any whom may be interested in what you practice.
4. Competitions can give you a fresh challenge. Maybe not the most realistic example of industrial/professional experience but often with a deadline and brief they operate in the same way with a designer and client.
5. Self promotion. Being an active designer, creating blogs and looking for jobs anywhere possible, whether it just be a leaflet for the local junior sports team.

What should you aim to gain from professional/industrial experience?
1. Information is what you would be looking for.
2. The information you may gather about the practice maybe useful as an informant for creating your own similar practice from looking at how they operate with their clients from first contact to finish. Information such as, who are their clients, how much they charge, time-span from first meeting to finished product, who do they employ, why their roles are important & what each employee contribute to a successful practice.
3. This information you may choose to take on, adapt or ignore but it should help define what you want from your practice.
4. The experience should increase your contact list and future references.

Hopefully some of the information I have outlined here will help me in the tutorial next week, currently I feel I have had a lack of any professionally driven work, things I hope could change this year.