What are you studying at University and why?
I’m studying Product Design and Technology at Loughborough University. I chose it because I grew up in a creative household with my dad being an Architect and wanted to explore this field all the while being not too artistic or technical – this degree is the perfect middle ground! I feel like this degree will open many doors, especially with having the great opportunity of a sandwich year here at Victory, I’ve learnt so much!
2. What made you consider Victory for your year in industry?
When I was exploring my options, I was considering working for a product design company or agency but the opportunity at Victory seemed like a perfect fit for my degree, some of the software I wanted to apply in a professional environment that I’d used at university such as Solidworks, and being encouraged to really test my skills and think outside the box.
3. How was your time learning all things CAD?
I’ve absolutely loved it, made all the better by the great team here at Victory. What I’ve particularly enjoyed is applying the skills I learned on Solidworks at university into a professional working environment. I’ve been given time to really practice and develop on Solidworks which has helped me now and for my final year at university. What came as a surprise to me, is the amount of organisation required when filing drawings and making sure they’re all in the right places! I was also given the opportunity to work on some of our new products which are coming, and this is something I’m really grateful for.
4. What software have you found particularly challenging but also rewarding?
I’d probably say Sketchup because it was new territory for me. I’d only previously used Solidworks, so Sketchup has been like learning a new language! Even though it’s a similar language to Solidworks in concept, but there’s lots of little steps that you can easily trip up on. However, now I’ve got to grips with it, it’s actually been one of the most rewarding!
5. So far, what have been your highlights at Victory?
I think generally speaking, the key highlights for me has been given the opportunity to work on the new products that are coming, and seeing them come to life. It’s a real privilege to know that the work I’ve been doing has had an impact on Victory’s new product development and I’ll definitely be adding it to my portfolio!
6. What are you looking forward to during the rest of your time at Victory?
I don’t have much time left with Victory before I go back to University, but I’m really looking forward to seeing the prototypes of the new homes I’ve previously worked on come to life. I’m sure you’re all going to really like them!
7. What does the future hold for you after your studies?
I never expected to be doing the role I’m doing now, and I really like it. I’ve learnt new skills in product design, animations and CGI’s while being at Victory and this is something I’d love to continue because I’d say I’m pretty good at it. More importantly, I really enjoy the creative element and it’s a big up and coming thing across all industries, especially this one!
8. Which is your favourite Victory and why?
I’d have to say it would be the Kahlo, Victory’s new high-end home and is unique because it has a monopitch roof, which is a first. Everything from the roof, right through the home, it feels really luxurious with freestanding furniture, a fantastic layout and no compromises on the second bedroom - it really does stand apart from the rest.
9. What do you get up to in your free time?
Apart from going to the pub with my friends more often than I should, I’m really into live music from the likes of Blur, Stone Roses and Arctic Monkeys. I also like playing music, having learnt violin the Suzuki method (learning by listening), which is one of my known party tricks.
10. If you could a dinner date with any celebrity past or present who would it be and why?
This is a very tricky one! I think my first choice would be Damon Albarn from Blur. He’s had an expansive and interesting music career, including his work for Gorrillaz. I’d love to sit down with him and chat all things music!
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