What have you done since graduating in 2012?
I was really fortunate to get a great start to my career as Sample Room assistant at Jenny Packham straight after graduation.
What were the most important skills you learned whilst studying at Rochester?
Pattern cutting skills were definitely the most important skills I learnt whilst at Rochester as this is where I found my strengths lay and what I enjoyed most about the whole process of seeing a garment go from an initial sketch to a finished garment.
How did Fashion Design Rochester prepare you for industry?
Fashion Design at Rochester gave me the key skills and foundation for working in the industry, but the emphasis on time management and team work is something especially need once you start working. I also feel the drive to challenge yourself and have confidence in your own abilities is something the course helps you to develop and is key once you leave the university bubble.
Did you enjoy your time studying Fashion Design and in Rochester?
Studying Fashion Design at Rochester was definitely the most rewarding 3 years, especially when looking back and seeing how all the hard work paid off. There were definitely trying times during the course but once you have completed it and seen what all the hard work helped to achieved, you only remember the high points.
What advice would you give to the current and future students?
The advice I would give to current and future students would be to not waste the opportunities you have whilst at university, the knowledge you can gain from the tutors and facilities at UCA Rochester is so great, it will give you the best start for when you are working in the industry. Work experience I also think is one of the key things you can do to get a true idea of what the industry is like and the different jobs that are out there. There are so many jobs besides being a designer or a pattern cutter and completing work experience is the only way to find out where you can see yourself in the future.