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Hayley Harding, BA (Hons) Interior Design graduate

Hayley Harding

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Graduated 2012

Hayley Harding, BA (Hons) Interior Design graduate

This course is for you if you love a challenge, paired together with creativity.

How did university prepare you for your career?
University taught me the fundamentals I needed for the workplace and to put the skills I’d learnt into practice. I got to learn about each component that makes up a project from inception to completion, as well as how a business in this industry might operate. The course allowed me to grow in confidence, especially when presenting my ideas to an audience, something that has been crucial in my career progression and personal growth.

Tell us a little about your career story so far?
Before officially graduating, I was offered a six-week placement with Capita Symonds. At the end of the six weeks I was offered a full-time job as an accommodation strategy consultant, this meant moving permanently away from family and friends. Two years later I was approached about a position in London with Mace as a workplace designer, I did this role for two and half years and I feel that’s when it really clicked, I knew that being a workplace designer was what I should be doing in my career, I really enjoyed it. After commuting four hours minimum per day I decided to get a job back in Southampton which is where I am now, at Spaceway South Limited. I have been here a year and have just been promoted to design manager.

Tell us about what you are doing now and what it involves:
I work for a company who specialise in design and build for warehouse, mezzanine and office fit out projects. My role now as design manager is to take a brief from the client and turn it into both a visual concept that the client can understand and the contractor works from. I produce 2D AutoCAD plans, presentations, mood boards and 3D SketchUp models to convey the ideas and proposals. I will then work with our estimators and project managers along the way to ensure a project is delivered on time and within budget.

What tips would you give to someone wanting a career in your industry?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for advice. Asking questions and asking for advice outside of the set classes enabled me to learn so much more, and to be open to experiences where I could gain further knowledge.

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Liam Florey - BSc (Hons) Construction Management graduate

Liam Florey

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

Graduated 2007

Liam Florey - BSc (Hons) Construction Management graduate

This course is for you if you are looking for a diverse, exciting and challenging career path within a people driven, fast paced and evolving industry.

Tell us a bit about the course
The course curriculum was specific and relevant to the UK construction sector. The course modules covered a wide range of aspects and in detail, ranging from: land acquisition to construction law, technical and even human dynamics (people are always and by far the most important contributor in our industry).

How did Solent prepare you for your career?
The course allowed me to meet a wide range of like-minded people, begin to network and learn to work within effective teams.

Favourite Solent memory?
Too many to remember, but I guess, really engaging with the course and applying myself in years two and three and seeing the benefits.

What is construction to you?
Construction and the built environment changes lives, deliverers hope and well-being, keeps us progressive and forward moving, employs millions of people and with each project delivery, creates an enjoyable and fun process in getting there.

What top tips would you give to someone wanting a career in the industry

  • Commit to your career fully
  • Make five years out of the first two
  • Bring an abundance mentality of energy and drive every day
  • Accept mistakes as the best learning opportunities
  • Keep learning and focusing on professional and personal development throughout your career
  • Network well and deliver excellence in everything you do.

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April Rapley - BA (Hons) Architectural Technology graduate

April Rapley

BA (Hons) Architectural Technology

Graduated 2017

April Rapley - BA (Hons) Architectural Technology graduate

This course is for you if you have a passion for all aspects of building design - from initial ideas through to construction.

Tell us a bit about the course
It allows you to look at the buildability and functionality of a building you’re designing and how your choices impact these aspects. The course also has a strong focus on live briefs, to give you an understanding of how the process works in the real world.

How did Solent prepare you for your career?
This course is more than just the building design; it covers specification writing, project management, procurement methods as well as the technology of construction. It allowed me to show key skills in many areas required throughout the building process.

Favourite Solent memory?
The end of year show in my third year. This is an event to showcase our work from the final year to friends, family and industry professionals. Having my work looked at and praised by a complete stranger really made the work I had put in over the three years feel important.

What tips would you give to someone wanting a career in this area?
Take advantage of any learning opportunity; meet people in the industry and connect with them -this will open so many doors for your career.

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Rachel Adams

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Graduated 2017

Rachel Adams

This course is for you if you have a passion for design and have a desire to develop your skills for the future.

What is interior design?

Interior architectural design is the most exciting and developing field of work. The future will always need new ideas and creations and is a never ending stream of creativity. It has become a passion for me as a designer.

How has Solent prepared you for your future?

At Solent I was able to complete real live projects for clients in a range of commercial and residential areas, and since graduating I’ve had a work placement at an international architecture and interior design firm.

University taught me to be completely independent and prepare me for industry. I’m now completely confident I have learnt the skills and management to be an interior designer.

What’s your favourite Solent memory?

My favourite Solent memory has to be my final year project presentation and graduation. Both moments were the biggest achievements of my life and the proudest moments I shared with my course mates.

What advice would you give to someone wanting a career in this area?

Be passionate. If you have a creative mind, and are determined and hardworking, you can achieve the greatest designs imaginable.

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