Having followed the work that ITERATE Design + Innovation have produced since starting university in 2017, I am delighted to join such an amazing team as a Junior Product Design Engineer. I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to be given this opportunity straight out of university, having graduated from the MSc Product Design course at Cardiff Metropolitan University this year. I also completed my undergraduate degree in BSc Product Design (Hons) at Cardiff Met and absolutely loved my time there.
“Although I have completed university and have now entered the working world, I am by no means the finished article. Through securing a Junior Design Engineering role at ITERATE; I am able to put into practise the skills I have learnt and will continue to grow and develop as a designer.”
During my undergraduate degree, my projects were mainly sustainability driven and my major project investigated how we could make electric cars more accessible and help to reach the goal of zero emissions travel by transitioning to all electric vehicles by 2035. My research highlighted that people without access to private parking are unable to install home chargers, which would equate to around 40% of the UK population. With a very limited infrastructure to support this vast market, users would be primarily relying on public chargers which at present do not deliver the kind of power required at a reasonable speed. The brief was to create an alternative home charging solution to combat this issue and lower the barriers to entry when purchasing an electric car.
After completion of my undergraduate degree, I felt as though I wasn’t quite finished and still had a lot to learn before moving towards working in industry. This, in conjunction with the Covid-19 pandemic pushed me towards post graduate study. Undertaking the MSc course during the pandemic meant doing so remotely and made the past year extremely challenging but was a hugely valuable experience despite this. The MSc course allowed me to gain a far more holistic understanding of the product design process as it magnified and investigated the key areas such as the conceptual/ideation stage, research techniques and user testing methods. These modules helped me become far more well-rounded as a designer and made me think more about the user experience when exploring new ideas and making design decisions.
Although I have completed university and have now entered the working world, I am by no means the finished article, and securing the Junior Product Design Engineer role will allow me to put into practice the skills I have learnt but will also allow me to grow and develop further as a designer. I am looking forward to working with such an experienced team going forward due to the dynamic approach that ITERATE Design + Innovation take when undertaking projects, which result in excellent solutions to a variety of briefs.