As the value of a degree is continued to be debated across the country, a Graphic Design graduate from University Campus Suffolk (UCS) has defied the pessimism after receiving her award at the UCS Ipswich graduation ceremonies having already secured her dream job.
Yviemarie Ormsby, who received her award in BA (Hons) Graphic Design, has already begun the first stage of her career after finding opportunities within her field of interest.
The Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) report ranks UCS in the top third of UK higher education institutions for graduate employment, highlighting the success that UCS has had in delivering courses with employment in mind.
Since completing their courses in 2011, 90% of UCS graduates have gone on to employment or further study. Most UCS graduates gaining employment after completing their studies felt that the qualification they had just done was necessary to get their job (71%).
For Yviemarie, it was about being proactive and showcasing her talents to potential employers that ensured she secured a role straight out of higher education.
“During my time at UCS, I made a point to do more, including designing for local companies, collaborating with fellow photography students, designing the cover of the UCS School of Arts and Humanities Prospectus, and creating limited edition art for The Bicycle Ball 2012 auction.”, said Yviemarie.
“When speaking to my current employers, I was told that it was precisely my proactivity in keeping creative that got me hired.”
The careers guidance service at UCS provides students with information, advice and guidance before, during and after their time at UCS to support them in making the most of these opportunities, reflecting on what they are gaining from their degree, relating this to potential career paths and targeting applications.
Sophie Reading, Senior Careers and Employability Adviser, said: “An online Job Shop at UCS provides employers with a free service to advertise their vacancies to students. We also offer an internship programme in partnership with local employers.”
“We encourage our students to stand out in a competitive job market by getting involved, be it with their course, extracurricular activities, volunteering or part time work and vacation jobs.”
After being invited to interview at Kingsland Linassi Ltd, Yviemarie was able to develop her portfolio and later invited to join the team on a placement role whilst studying at UCS. Yviemarie has since joined the team as a Junior Designer and advises anyone considering university to “take as much as you can away with you – from your course, from other people, from the area.