In the beginning
My attraction to product design was a combination of my creative side and my fascination for solving problems. All through school, my favourite subjects were Art & Design, Maths and Physics as well as practical subjects like woodwork. As a Product Designer, I use a combination of practical and creative skills which can both solve math problems and produce an oil pastel drawing.
Creating something physical to demonstrate how you can improve peoples’ lives, with solutions they didn’t realise they needed is what really attracted me to Product Design.
Securing a degree
My degree is in Product Design Engineering, which covers everything from Mechanical Engineering to sketching and model making. With this, you can go into many areas of Design and Engineering and find the best route for you. This can be agency work, producing high quality products in small quantities or working in a bigger company, producing on a much larger scale.
Would I have my current job without a degree? Probably not. Having a degree opened up many more opportunities for me. As a Product Designer, the processes and practical skills you learn at university will give you a great base to build on which I think are among the most valuable things to take away.
More and more employers are offering the option to gain a degree and practical experience at the same time. This is where you’re able to study Engineering and work full time whilst you earn a salary and gain invaluable experience. The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology is a great example of this.