Local and Global internship & placement hacks

Speaker: Patrick McGranaghan

Company: Liberty

  • Ask about the specific roles that are available, show queen interest.
  • Dress to impress on the 1:1 booking.
  • LinkedIn profile must be completed —- employers search this.
  • Be honest with recruiters, they can tell if you are lying.
  • Give module names and marks.

Local and Global internship & placement hacks

check out the EDGE Award for extra curricular activities eg Cultural Awareness

Industrial work placement:

  • This should be relevant to your degree. The university will now have new levels of flexibility. you will be awarded a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) at graduation.
  • These help you explore potential career paths, gain invaluable work experience to boost your CV, develop vital transferable skills, build industry networks and get a taste for the real world of work.

Internships are also a great option.

Placement options

These are the levels of flexibility offered by the university to ensure we gain the best experience for achieving the Diploma in Professional Practice.

  1. Professional Work Placement: 12 month placement (25 weeks) or an enhanced flexibility for full-time and part-time work/combination of shorter placements.
  2. Civic and economic.

When and how to apply?

Sooner rather than later. Have your CV and application into the employers sooner rather than later. Doing this will also take the pressure off you.

UUConnects can help with getting an Ulster mentor – worldwidehttps://www.ulster.ac.uk/alumniandsupporters/volunteer/mentoring

Ways to find placement

  • Handshake offers live vacancies.
  • The Employability & Careers Department.
  •  Go Global Go.
  • Global Expression of Interest.
  • Placement Queries can be sent to Placements@ulster.ac.uk.

Try to arrange a follow up with any employers after the 1:1 if possible if they are willing of course! It will leave a very good impression.

Infographic research


Visual research:

  • Pinterest moodboard link.
  • Some of my favourite infographic illustration styles:

I really liked this illustration style, its very simplistic and straight forward – this would work for a small, short and concise infographic.

I thought this one was very clever and engaging, it made me want to read it.

I know this is a very simplistic and raw approach to it but I found it kind of chargming.

I loved how they used the illustration as a way of narrating and storytelling, It made me want to read to get the other details. It is very engaging and the simple illustrations and colour palette make it easy to read and like.

This is an idea I really liked, I had thought about doing a lighter infographic since it’s been a hard year full of sad statistics – something like this would be a fun project to take on.

  • Procreate Illustration moodboard here.

Idea development

I decided to go with my Tv show idea – The plan is to focus on the percentage of the American population that watched the show ‘The Office’ during the 2020 lockdown – A lighthearted approach to a hard situation.

I started off by doing some research and writing down the key points that I would like to use; I will add the links to the articles I used bellow:

‘The Office’ is Getting More Viewership on Peacock Than Netflix, Data Shows

Here are the main facts I decided to use

I sat down and figured out the floor plan of the office set up – I illustrated that above in my sketchbook. I think this will give the infographic a nice finish.

This was my initial draft for the layout of my infographic.

I tried out some drawing ideas using Procreate, I wrote the name in the back of the three initial guys.

This was another draft I did in procreate where I tried to figure out the colour scheme and planned out the illustrations and timeline.

I then looked up the rankings each character had with viewers to figure out how to arrange them when illustrating them. I decided to add Michaels desk with his toys and then add the cask behind it.

I used Procreate to create my illustrations

These are my finished illustrations – I made them super simple and without faces to challenge myself to make them as recognisable as possible with just the bare minimum.

I then created the desk and added the cast in

Working on the title. I wanted to add a bit of word play, to make it more whimsical.

I also wanted to try an make the title look like the Dunder Mifflin logo – I settled on the title America’s favourite lockdown show.

This is what my logo looked like.

I then added the cast to the logo – this is the title complete now.

I then planned the graphs in my sketchbook, I created these in Procreate

This is what my first draft looked like. I am quite pleased with my final result as it is visually pleasing and it presents the data very well.

Brand progress review

Long Bio

Hello, my name is Emily Ussher. I am a first year Interaction design student at Ulster university Belfast. I am originally from Venezuela; I found my love of art when I moved to Northern Ireland at 13 as it gave me a communication tool that I did not have at the time. I love to travel and create art. My multi-cultural upbringing has offered me a different perspective and point of view – something that is always evident in my designs.

Short Bio

Just another Venezuelan/Irish self-appointed explorer, studying Interaction Design and doing what she loves

Tone of voice

  • Friendly
  • Professional
  • Creative
  • Comprehensive
  • Caring

Word bank

  • Dedicated
  • Diverse
  • Bilingual
  • Friendly
  • Professional
  • Original
  • Innovative
  • Unique
  • Well designed
  • Multicultural
  • Happy
  • Creative
  • Quirky
  • Diferrent

Brand values

My brand values will be to create high quality, well designed products centred around the customers need. To provide a unique, welcoming and fun experience to the customer and produce products of the highest quality.

Logo design

I decided to keep it simple and uncomplicated, the font I used for my name is FS Alvar in bold.

As part of my professional yet quirky brand I decided that it would fit best if I added colour to only the dot and maintained the rest black.

When turned upside down the logo reminds me of an elephant, I will try to play around with this concept and maybe turn it into a mascot or even create a series of illustrations in the same style.


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