The Graduates 2018
The Graduates is our chance to showcase the most exciting students graduating from all creative courses, presenting a range of talented graphic designers, photographers, illustrators and more.
Celebrating our tenth anniversary this year, we’re proud to announce The Graduates 2018 will be open to global applicants graduating from any undergraduate creative course (bachelor’s or equivalent) for the first time!
Applications for The Graduates are now open and will close on 25 June. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing a number of advice led articles from industry experts including portfolio tips, how to spot a worthwhile internship, freelance advice and many more to lend a helping hand to those graduating.
Each year as university graduates hand in their final assignments, begin building degree shows and place orders for their cap and gowns, we have our own graduation class too. The It’s Nice That Graduates celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and if you have graduated or are graduating from an undergraduate creative course (bachelor’s or equivalent) in 2018 we want to hear from you!
How best to present all that hard work you’ve been slogging over is one of the great conundrums of our industry. Too much information could drown out your best ideas, but strip it back too much and you might be underselling yourself. To help you build your best portfolio and stand out from the swarm, we’ve asked influential people from top studios and agencies including Google, Nexus, A Practice for Everyday Life and Mother to share their advice for graduate portfolios, drawn from looking at lots (and lots) of them over their careers. Here they tell us what they look for, and how you can make a lasting impression.
The long, sleepless nights have finally paid off. The bachelor’s degree is yours and there’s a picture of you, certificate in hand, to prove it. But, as the celebrations begin to die down, a creeping existential angst surmounts you. What lies next? Who do I want to be? What do I want to spend my days doing? Finding a replacement to the long weeks of university term time can be tough and, to many, a postgraduate degree can seem like the obvious choice.
The working world is a cryptical space for recent graduates. Beyond the tunnel vision required for final year success lies a world of possibilities so infinite it can be hard to know where to begin.
Back in March Amalia Illgner wrote a long read on The Guardian describing why she is suing Monocle over her “dream internship”. The article pinpointed many of the issues of internships and how it “excludes the less privileged from the arts, media and politics”. Below, Amalia talks of her experience and the research she has found on the creative industries, providing some golden rules that graduates should be aware of.