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Timothy Parkes: Wow! Stuff Product Innovation Award in BDes (Hons) Product Design: Q&A

We’ve caught up with BDes (Hons) Product Design graduate Timothy Parkes who has been awarded Wow! Stuff Product Innovation Award!Tim Parkes

1. What degree did you study with us and when did you graduate?

I studied BDes (Hons) Product Design at the University of Wolverhampton and I graduated in September 2016.

2. What did you do after graduation?

At the end of my final hand in for my Major Project and leading towards my degree show, I set about finding relevant companies related to my desired sector of work - Design Engineering.

I was working practically every day in my normal job to bring an income in and the days I could randomly spare I was helping out at the Product Design Degree Show which showcases all students design work through their time at the University of Wolverhampton. It was important to me to make time to adapt my CV and mini portfolio around the companies I was searching for to send off through the post.

During the official Degree Show launch I was talking to a very inspiring designer, and as it turned out, owned his own company. We spoke for a while and shared common interests and I handed him my CV and newly modified mini portfolio.

That week I searched for his company and officially applied for the position of a Design Engineer. I received a response almost immediately and was given an interview and then offered the job.

3. What is your current job?

I am a Design Engineer at Best In Design Ltd.

My role consists of working with very well established companies to design and manufacture, bespoke solutions within stores across the U.K. (and sometimes around the world) whilst complying with ever changing regulations. I work in both 2D technical drawings and 3D visualisations.

4. What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of my job by far is when initially starting with a very crude brief from the client to it transforming into a high quality, bespoke functional solution and seeing it being made, is such a satisfying feeling. It makes the whole previous stresses of short deadlines and ever changing input from the client all worth it.

5. How did studying at the University of Wolverhampton either help you to gain this job or how have your studies benefitted you in your day-to-day role?

Without a shadow of a doubt, studying at the University of Wolverhampton has helped me achieve what I have today. Before starting at the University of Wolverhampton and Product Design, I knew very little about CAD (Computer-Aided Design) but the sheer professionalism, patience and vast experience in which all the tutors shared with me, enabled me to leave achieving Bachelor of Design with Honours in Product Design First Class.

I have definitely transferred the skills I have learned and being taught into my new job which has made settling in in my new career that much better.

6. What, for you, was the best part of studying at the University of Wolverhampton?

The most enjoyable part in studying at the University of Wolverhampton is the challenges in which I faced. Every challenge faced has improved my knowledge, confidence and bettered me as a person. The support in which I was given when needed from all members of staff is second to none.

7. What’s next for you? Any goals or aspirations still to achieve?

What is next for me is to continue to learn and improve within my current job. I wish to learn more about all aspects of design and new technology and hopefully one day, be a part of it.

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