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What's your background?

I'm originally from the island of Yell in Shetland. After I finished school, I took a year out to work and save up for university. I studied for a degree in Graphic Design at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, and graduated with First Class Honours.

Why did you apply to the graduate placement programme?

After my degree, I moved back up to Shetland to enjoy the quieter life again. To begin with, I worked for Shetland Grasscutting Services, as a supervisor and temporary manager, which paid the bills. However, as winter approached, I saw the graduate placement within NB Communication just as I was finishing my job with SGS. Perfect timing. I applied, and was lucky enough to get it, which saved me from a miserable winter of unemployment!

How have you benefited from the programme?

Employment in the web development industry adds another string to my bow. I can now carry out design work with a much more detailed understanding of the technical issues involved in the web development process. Ultimately, I have found interesting work, I can afford to pay the bills, and I'm not wasting my four years at university.

Any advice for other graduates?

I'd say be ambitious and work hard.