Before Study

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Hello, I just felt like doing a random update since my course is starting next week:

  • Still chipping away at a scanned image of my mythic bird design. The scanner doesn’t do a great job of digitizing my sketches, & I thought setting it to max contrast would be enough to give me a cleanish sketch, but instead I was left with fuzzy outlines. Since then I’ve been meticulously cleaning the lines so I can colour it. I guess this is why artists ink their lines first.
  • Passed my car onto my brother so he may regularly get his daughter to childcare. I seem to be doing fine with non-car life so far.
  • I’ve actually been using Twine to do some writing. I’ve even been plotting out some of my game ideas in it, since you can have stories function like games. I don’t have anything worth releasing at this time & I won’t promise that I will in the future. At present, this is just something for myself.
  • I also felt like updating my About page.
Saharasha WIP

Saharasha Scan WIP

Otherwise not much else. I’ve honestly been struggling to keep myself occupied until now, but doing art has helped. I’m just waiting for my course to start but I’m also feeling trepidation.

When I studied IT I didn’t try to make friends & I was in a more negative place about myself. I’ve improved since then but I wonder if history will repeat itself. Admittedly, one of the reasons for returning to study was so I could figure out where I want to go & the kind of people I belong with. If its just the same results again I’m not sure how I’d handle it now that I’m flatting (I at least had my parents last time). I guess I’m used to it at this point in life, but a change would be nice.

I’ll see how next week goes. I’m not sure how posting will go from now on, but if this course is as intensive as IT was you may not hear from me in a long while. Future posts will most likely be about whatever projects I do for design school.

Farewell.

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Design! All or Nothing.

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Yay, something not depressing!

To open up my job options, I have decided to study design! Given where my creative interests lie, & the kind of things I enjoy, it’s almost embarrassing that I didn’t pursue this earlier (though really I didn’t think returning to study was a viable option, particularly in something more artistic).

Next year I plan on returning to Polytechnic to at least do the first year of the Bachelor in Communication Design. Yesterday I talked with the administrator about this & she said I could instead do a ‘graduate diploma’ (I think) since I’m a Bachelor of IT graduate. This means I could skip to the final year if I so choose to. At this point I’m still unsure what to specialize in so doing the first year will at least give me an idea of where I want to go. It does help that I already did a design paper as part of my BIT.

However, I need to apply by November 30th to have a good chance of getting in, & I need to come up with a portfolio showcasing my current design abilities. I’ll also need to sort out my student loan. That gives me about six weeks to prove that I’m ready to do this. Continue reading

Past Choices, Present Consequences

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Hello

The WINZ job hunt meet-up was different than I expected. I was led to believe I would have to present evidence of my hunt & hope I did enough for them to be sated, but they didn’t even ask about our results. Instead it’s more of a job hunt workshop, which is pleasantly surprising. I think it’s a new programme in association with WINZ geared towards people in my age bracket.

But there’s something that made me think about my future beyond the current ‘getting any job I can’ thing. In my group of six, half of us were IT graduates. As one of them said whilst explaining his situation, the problem is IT is a fast paced industry. You’re expected to go straight into an internship when you graduate, except in NZ pretty much all of them are in Auckland (I hate Auckland).

I can support his claim. At least half of all NZ graduate IT job adverts I’ve seen are based in Auckland, & virtually every single ad has this line: “must be a recent graduate or junior _”. I’m still just a graduate, & I’m definitely not recent. So this has made me wonder, yet again, have I screwed myself just because I wanted to take a break from IT?

This is a look at my choices pertaining tertiary study & after graduation (prepare for a long read). Continue reading