First Project: Career Plan 2009

This is our first project that Paul gave us on the second day of orientation. I’m still a little dotty on the specifics, but I’ll make my way through.

Background Knowledge:

In this activity you are requested to research and plan your future career. As part of the requirements for the second year, students are requested to design a product for a client. This product is then presented to clients around November each year. Students invite industry people to come and see their work. In recent years at least 1 graduate has gained work from the invited industry people.

To be successful at gaining employment, it takes planning. This activity will commence you in thinking about a vocational plan.


The assessment is formative. However, it is an integral part of all the competencies that you are studying.


You will be requested to create a blog as part of another activity in Design. You may do this in Word Press or any other Blog software. You will need to allocate a section for this information.


On the 11th of February the design class will be visiting Ballistic Publishing. Answer the following questions:

  • What is Ballistics’ business model?
    • How do the designers contribute to this model?
  • What is the designer’s role at Ballistic?
  • Who do the designers have to work with?
  • How important is the interface of the website to the company?
  • What are the future developments of the websites interface?

Further Questions:

  • What does an interface designer do?
  • What artistic and technical skills are interface designers requested to have?
  • What specialized areas are there in multimedia that you could get a job in?
  • What resources are available to find multimedia jobs? (for example:
  • What are the currently available entry-level jobs?
  • What jobs are currently available in South Australia?
  • What jobs are currently available interstate?
  • What skills are these jobs requesting?
  • What is the salary of these jobs?
  • What professional associations are there for the Multimedia industry? (for example: AIMIA)
  • What are the association’s roles?
  • What is AGDA?
    • What does it do?
  • Will you have learned these skills in this course by the time that you graduate?
  • Explain how you would be able to further your skills to meet the industry requirements?
  • There are many private educational providers and TAFE that offer specialized short-term courses from life drawing to 3D modeling and animation. Investigate and keep an active record of courses that may be of use to your professional development.
  • What are the University options after this course?
  • What industry events and conferences are coming in 2009 for MM people? (for example: IDNworld magazine holds regular design conferences all around the world)
  • What industry awards and competitions are available for you to enter your work?
  • What resources such as magazines and websites are available to you?
  • How do you plan to apply for the available jobs?

Well that was a mouthful. Interesting read though. See my post on the visit to Ballistic Publishing.


1 Response to “First Project: Career Plan 2009”

  1. 1 Hannah Suarez March 14, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    AIMIA did a student showcase in December last year and I know of at least a couple of students (and this was from a size of less than ten) who have gained jobs. Should keep in touch with me about it – there’s definitely going to be a showcase on but it may/may not be in December this year.
    – Hannah

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