Product Design

If you've studied product design and are wondering about your career options and how to get that all important first job, have a look at the following information for tips and pointers. If you'd like to talk anything through, come in to see a careers adviser who'll be pleased to help.

What are my career options?

Your product design degree is a vocationally specific course which helps you to prepare for a career as a product or industrial designer. As a result, we find that most product design students start their course with a related career in mind, in which case the Prospects occupational profile Industrial/product designer is useful.

However, there are other options that you could explore using the Prospects occupational profiles and the National Careers Service website as a starting point.

What do University of Wolverhampton graduates do?

This is what some recent graduates were doing 6 months after finishing their course:

  • Design engineer
  • Computer aided designer
  • Graduate trainee CAD engineer
  • Project manager
  • Product designer
  • Mechanical designer
  • New products quality engineer
  • CAD draughtsperson
  • Industrial engineer

Who employs University of Wolverhampton graduates?

Product designers may work in-house for manufacturing companies who produce large industrial or domestic products. Alternatively, they may work in a multi-disciplinary design firm or a consultancy which specialises in product design. Many also work as freelancers.

Six month after finishing their course, University of Wolverhampton graduates were working with a variety of companies producing specialist products for industries as diverse as the automotive, manufacturing, retail and utilities industries.

Where can I find jobs and work experience?

Many product designers find work by approaching companies speculatively. These sites list design consultancies which you may want to send speculative applications to.

There are also a few websites which advertise product design vacancies:

Also visit our Jobs Board, look at placement schemes aimed at students and graduates in all areas and download our Job Hunting Guide which provides more information about where and how to find jobs.

Other useful websites and further information