What are your favourite memories from studying at AIU?
Sitting in the first floor studio with friends working until 10pm on a project. We were delirious and tired, but the laughter never stopped and we had a lot of fun. It was a good feeling knowing that there were others in the same boat. I was given a lot of great advice by teachers and fellow students but I think what I took out of my time at AIU was to really enjoy what you do and really put yourself into it fully.
What have you been doing since you graduated?
I made my way through a number of internships after I graduated. It was hard work, but well worth it because it gave me the opportunity to meet new people in the industry and help decide what I wanted to focus on. I did internships for Established & Sons, Exposure and Martin Brudnizki Design Studio – all of which were very different in the approach I had to take for the work I was given. I’m now working for a PR agency that specialises in architecture and design and I think the variety of internships I did really gave me a good foundation for what I’m doing now and the way I approach my job. I work with an amazing group of people and am lucky enough to meet some of the industry’s top designers, architects and influencers.
What are your long term career goals?
My long term career goal is to find something I am singularly passionate about. At the moment I feel like I’m passionate about a lot of things and I’m still exploring. The work I am doing is exciting and I’ve had an amazing opportunity to meet some very influential people in the design and architecture industry. It’s opened a lot of doors for me and made me value design in a completely different way than had I just gone straight into interior design. Just because you study one thing, doesn’t mean you can’t do something else. I also strongly believe that it’s the people around you that inspire and motivate you.
What advice would you give to a recent graduate who wanted to build a career in PR or interior design?
I think for both PR and design, networking is invaluable. Get yourself into design parties, launches and events. Don’t be afraid to shake hands with people and have a quick chat – you never know who you’re going to meet and where they might take you.
Mona returns to the Marylebone campus on 2 October 2014 to deliver the latest lecture in our Interior Design series.