My time at TMG has been a very enjoyable experience so far. Working for such a large company with so great a public influence means I get to experience a more professional environment than what I knew before. In addition to that, being part of the design team means professionalism does not involve the awkwardness you might expect. Friendly faces, the community spirit, and knowing that you are contributing towards something greater, have all been a daily motivation for me.
Since I started this apprenticeship I have learnt a number of things I believe will be useful to me wherever I go. I have had a lot of time learning to use InDesign, which is quite important as that is one of the key programs anyone working in print design should know. More importantly though, I have learnt how to deal with clients, the importance of communication within a team, how to present myself in a professional manner, and the effect of paying attention to detail. The apprenticeship has helped me to build my character as a designer so I can be confident wherever I go after this.
One of the joys of working for a well known organization is knowing that the work you do will be seen by a large audience. It gives more reason to take pride in your work. I have created posters for events, ads for a number of campaigns including the Fantasy Rugby campaigns for the 6 Nations and I am currently working on posters for the Hay Festival 2014.I am studying for a Btech in Art and Design, and also an NVQ.
The apprenticeship program here at TMG is one I would recommend to anyone that is a confident designer, who is computer literate, ambitious, and motivated, looking to build key character skills that will be essential as a professional. It is more than just a good reference for my CV, though the daily ads can get boring, things are constantly changing, and different projects frequently pop up that can be fun to work on, and usually result in something you would be happy to have in your portfolio.