Designer - Andrei Carausu

Course: BA (Hons) 3D Design – spatial and interior designer
Current Employer: Smith Brewer
Current Job Title: Retail/Interior Designer

“The trip to Italy for Milan Design Week with all my course mates is probably one of my favourite memories ever.”

Tell us what you have been doing since completing your studies.

After I finished my three years of studying at University of Plymouth, I decided to take a little break for a couple of months before starting my career as a designer. I’ve spent the last couple of months visiting my family back in Romania and spending a bit of time with my friends from back home.

What, if anything, would you do differently if you could?

Looking back now, I think that it’s good to start thinking early on about the direction you really want to take after you graduate. Researching the companies that I like in more depth and maybe even building a relationship with them through social media or email is something that I wish I had done a bit earlier in my degree.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get in to the same line of work?

Work hard, be committed, and always go the extra mile. I know it sounds familiar but trust me, if you start with this mindset you’ll get to experience things that you didn’t even know that could come true. They are also key factors if you want to stay in the game.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

Studying at University of Plymouth has been an amazing experience for me. I’ve had the chance to develop a great number of skills and make some life-long friends who I never would’ve had the chance to meet if it wasn’t for this experience.

What is your favourite memory of studying at Plymouth?

The trip to Italy for Milan Design Week with all my course mates is probably one of my favourite memories ever. It was an amazing week where I was surrounded by like-minded people, providing me with lots of great inspiration.

Do you stay in touch with other University of Plymouth alumni or lecturers?

Yes, I made some really good friends during my studies and I will definitely continue to keep in touch with many of them.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with University of Plymouth, and why?

I would definitely recommend it. Throughout the three years at Plymouth, I was given the right tools and guidance to develop my skills and be ready for the design industry. I am very thankful for having the opportunity to be taught by such amazing lecturers.

Is there anything else which you would like to share with our current students?

Well, here’s a little thing I could share with you: Google “10,000 hours rule” and try to understand what it means before you ever feel discouraged. I think it’s really important for you to know that you have to be ready to put a lot of effort and time into your work. No matter how good the university is you have to remember that your work will always reflect the amount of effort that you put into it. It’s as simple as that.