Tuesday, 21 October 2008

A Journey Of Six Weeks…

I don’t think I have done as much work in these last six weeks as I have done in a very long time.

A few issues with time keeping have cropped up while progressing over this time period, which is something I drastically need to change. I realise that the work load from now will be greater as an eighth of the time available has been used and we’ve only completed a sixteenth of the work required!

My first assignment has proved to be awkward. I feel that I planned my work effectively and completed it to the best of my ability. My downfall was with the deadline as I relied on someone else to bring a vital piece of work for me on the said date.

It turned out that this person was late and, consequently, I frantically had to recreate this item in minutes. I managed to hand the item in (with fifteen seconds to spare) but feel that the presentation was meagre. I now fear I may receive a referral for this first assignment.

I think the lesson here is do not rely on anyone but yourself to do tasks regarding your own work. I can say that I will definitely be the only person involved in my own work from now on.

It hasn’t all been turmoil. I have immensely enjoyed collecting pieces of design inspiration and commenting on why I feel they deserve recognition. It has helped me get back into a learning mode and use my brain, which is something I haven’t done in a long time. And to be in an environment where everyone is working towards the same goal is quite a new experience for me. I feel this is definitely more constructive than anything I’ve ever done in the past.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Hindsight Now Developing

Over the last three weeks I have had two assignments presented to me. One I am enjoying thoroughly and the other not so much. The latter is purely academic and is probably the reason I am loathing it as such.

Reverting back into the learning mode has proved more difficult than I anticipated. But I am slowly adapting to my environment and the work seems to become more natural as I progress.

I am also struggling to ‘find’ the time, although I have more than most, to sit down and complete tasks at home and be strict with my learning away from college. This, I feel, is just a phase and I will feel a lot happier once I receive feedback from the first assignment (A2) and have a clear picture of what I am doing and what I should be doing.

I have had to restrict my social life by a considerable amount and decline offers to join in a house share with friends due to fact that I know I will never get any work done. I know this is the right decision as I will be able to strategise my time more efficiently.

There are plenty of resources available for to me check my progress as I continue this assignment and future assignments. And the people on my course all seem to be pulling in the same direction which is really helping me with my motivation and confidence. I actually enjoy coming to college which is something that I have detested in the past.

I think my next step is to keep on top of time keeping. Both at home and at college.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Where I've Come From; Where I Am Now; Where I'm Going

Hello. This is my first ‘blog’ and is set out to try and give you a little background about myself. Here it goes...

I finished school with good GCSE results but had no idea how to apply what I knew to the outside world. After three or so years I managed to attain a job working at a school, which I significantly enjoyed. After three or so years, again, I felt that I needed a change and decided to go traveling and reassess my position in life once back.

I am now currently in employment that offers no real benefits as such and does not offer the use of my potential. This is something I want to change. I know that what I am doing at the moment in employment will force me to look elsewhere in the future and I know that I cannot keep doing this. It becomes harder and a little more disheartening each time I find a new job.

So last year I decided to enroll on this course and train to do something I enjoy. I know the work ahead will not be easy by any means but I am willing to progress my understanding in this industry so that I can enjoy what I do for a living.

I hope the course will challenge me and drive me to use my full potential. I want to excel in this given area and one day be able to share my knowledge and skills with like minded people. I need to use this course to help me secure a job and to be able to flex my creative desires. Working along side like minded people will hopefully give a taste of what employment in this industry is like. I see this course as an investment in my future.