Aims and Goals vs. Ways and Means.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

So, what now? (for the second time, as WordPress just 404’d and didn’t back up this post. I love it already. Grrr.)

Work for Catherine’s Professional Studies this year (apparently we don’t do semesters, or digestible chunks of information any more) consists of… *Ahem*

Professional Development Blog

  • Attend two professional/industry events relevant to your chosen career. These could include: Bristol Media networking events, talks or presentations by professionals (additional to those arranged via the course) conferences, shows, demos of relevant software.
  • Enter a competition relevant to your chosen career. Eg. A design or photography competition.
  • Make contact with an industry mentor and follow them remotely via twitter, email, facebook or phone through a typical project.
  • Bid for at least two projects on a Freelancing website.
  • Conduct an industry interview
  • Take part in a business card treasure hunt

Freelance Portfolio

  • Project 1 – You will find a freelance project and negotiate the brief or make a successful bid for a project advertised on one of the many find a freelancer type sites and complete it to the client’s satisfaction. You will recruit and manage as many classmates as required to work on the project with you. Maintain records and a working production file with all relevant documentation, permissions, copyright information, contracts etc.
  • Project 2 – You will be recruited by one of your classmates to work on their freelance project.
  • Compile existing work for presentation

Work Placement

  • Two weeks work placement
  • 2000 word report on work placement

Career Development Strategy

  • Career development strategy report

Firstly, I’m going to get started on redoing the website, the website I only finished a couple of months ago, as I’ve already decided I don’t really like it any more. I’m quite good at doing that immediately after finishing something, whether it’s good or not. This should tie in nicely with getting my portfolio ready to present.

I have a bit of a headstart on getting a work placement, having met a couple of people over the summer who I cheekily nagged for their details, so I’ll attempt to drop a couple of emails/calls over the coming weeks. This should also tie in nicely with starting my ‘business card treasure hunt’, filling up my Mail with (even more) RSS feeds, and stalking following a few more people on Twitter.

As per the usual trend, I’ll probably get the interesting stuff that isn’t long and wordy out the way, and leave that right until the last minute. I jest (or do I?).

Watch this space for sheer-design v09.2, which will also have a nicer looking blog. I know it’s an eyesore and it looks horrid, really, I know.

Hello world! (It had to be done.)

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

So this is WordPress. New to me, I’m ‘having to’ set up a blog (I hate talking about myself as you’ll see from my Twitter feed… *whistles*) for the Degree course I’m taking, so this will mostly be what I’m up to on a professional basis, my Twitter shall remain the random micro-ramblings of the innermost cogs in my head. Whichever you read (if at all), I leave entirely unto you.