A Future Friends internship can shake up your career for the better. Fact.
Former intern Rosie, shares the story about how she used the opportunity to transition from a Biochemistry graduate to a Junior Designer, proving that whilst creative degrees are handy, if you are self-taught, passionate and determined, you can equally knock our socks off.
Rosie, tell us a bit about yourself and how you wound up at Mr B…
“I’m Rosie, a Junior Designer at Mr B & Friends. I studied Biochemistry at university, before deciding life in a lab was not for me and becoming a graphic designer instead, via a Future Friends internship.”
How did you apply?
“Fuelled by a desire to work in creative, an aversion to London and a good helping of graduate bewilderment, I turned my attention to Bristol as a creative hub. After stumbling across Mr B & Friends, I got in touch just as, by pure serendipity, they were launching the Future Friends programme.”
How did the internship benefit you?
“Starting as an intern was equally terrifying and exciting. New to the industry and coming from a non-traditional background, a touch of imposter syndrome was unavoidable. Those six months were really important to develop my confidence as a professional designer, and eventually stop adding caveats when people asked me what I did. Even though my work as an intern was entry level stuff, it was real work for real clients and I was an important part of keeping projects moving along, chipping in where I was needed. No matter how small or difficult the task, I still felt so lucky to be there, doing a job that had sometimes felt like a pipe dream.”
How did you succeed?
“During my internship I just tried to make myself as useful as possible: completing tasks as quickly and accurately as I could, absorbing everything so I wouldn’t have to ask the same question twice, and seeking out any ways I could be helpful. By the end of six months I’d succeeded in proving myself sufficiently useful to stay on permanently, and I hope they also saw my creative potential and progress, but you’d have to ask Kate (Creative Director) about that!”
Do you have any advice for Future Friends applicants?
“Whether you’re a first class arts graduate, or hurling yourself into a 180° career change, I’d urge you to give Future Friends a go. It’s more effort than emailing your portfolio and cover letter to every creative director you can find – I had to submit a response to a set brief in order to showcase my skills – but in return the Mr B team is guaranteed to spend time properly considering you and your application. No matter the outcome, in the relentless trudge of a job search, that acknowledgement and mutual commitment makes all the difference.”
We’ll soon be on the lookout for our next bright intern. Interested? Simply drop Nathan a line saying you’d like to be added to the Future Friends mailing list, to keep up to date with next steps: