Afterlife – Max Harding

For our most recent afterlife talk, a recent graduate, Max Harding gave a talk on his time in University and in industry. He has been working at Halo design agency in Bristol for the last two years.

He began by talking about his favourite film; The Devil Wears Prada and although it was a slightly random introduction the point behind it was that we all have our own opinions and it’s important that we remember that our opinions are just as valid as that of a Creative Director. He summed up his role quite nicely in my opinion saying; ‘It is about finding the gold in a sea of blue.’

Max did give some good advice, which was not to worry if you don’t have the strongest portfolio (obviously it has to be good), as long as you can sell yourself you can still get the job because at the end of the day it’s you that they’re hiring. I think that the most important thing is to show your personality both within your portfolio but also when meeting individuals such as in interviews etc.

Max Harding definitely presented his presentation with personality and flare and really captivated everyone in the room – a good strength to have in my opinion. He also brought humour into his presentation, which made the talk on the whole more enjoyable.

On the whole I enjoyed listening to Max because it was nice to listen to a recent graduate enter the industry and gain some insight into the work he has done within the agency. It was also nice to hear how he hard he had to work to gain his employment because I think sometimes it is thought that graduates should find a job immediately – but that simply isn’t the reality of it. Therefore preparation is key and that is definitely the biggest thing I have taken away from the talk. Prepare and be yourself.


Author: marislathamgraphics

I am a student at Cardiff Metropolitan University studying BA Hons Graphic Communication.

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