The Foundry on student life

Remember your student days? For a bit of fun, we’ve taken a trip down memory lane and shared our best bits, dodgy hair and all!

We’re one week down of the new school year after a loooooooong six weeks for all the par­ents out there. Jug­gling hol­i­day clubs and tak­ing time off work to keep the kids enter­tained. But for some young hope­fuls, it marks the begin­ning of their jour­ney into the design world. 

Many stu­dents would have packed up their bags and moved into the glam­our that is stu­dent accom­mo­da­tion. Won­der­ing, before the big move, who you’re going to be liv­ing with for at least the next year and maybe beyond. We all remem­ber those days well, look­ing back I think we’re in agree­ment in the stu­dio that there are many mem­o­ries and learn­ing curves tak­en from our study years.

But how did we all get to where we are now? We fired out five Foundry ques­tions to every­one in our stu­dio to hear the tales of late-night study­ing and drunk­en stu­dent antics from all The Foundry team. All so we can share our sto­ries of the uni­ver­si­ty (or col­lege) life with any­one who fan­cies a laugh.

To kick us off, here’s our Client Ser­vices Direc­tor, James, and how he got through stu­dent life.

What course did you study and where?

I stud­ied Phi­los­o­phy at Man­ches­ter University

Can you remember that first day you stepped into your student accommodation?

There was an issue with accom­mo­da­tion when I start­ed, and lots of under­grads weren’t able to move in until after fresher’s week. I remem­ber meet­ing my new flat­mates and every­one being a lit­tle appre­hen­sive, very excit­ed and keen to make friends.

How did your study years change you?

Like most peo­ple, it was my first time liv­ing away from home, so along with learn­ing the aca­d­e­m­ic stuff you’re there to study, I also learnt about being self-suf­fi­cient and all the domes­tic skills you don’t pick up when you’re liv­ing at home with your par­ents. You learn to bud­get, to plan ahead, that it’s impor­tant to tidy up after your­self and that some­times you need to bite the bul­let and emp­ty the bins.

What would you have done differently at university knowing what you know now?

If I had my time again, I’d sup­ple­ment my aca­d­e­m­ic learn­ing with some work expe­ri­ence in careers I might have been inter­est­ed in pur­su­ing. Phi­los­o­phy taught me about struc­tur­ing an argu­ment, how to real­ly inter­ro­gate an opin­ion to see whether there’s any truth in it and to be able to cut through the words peo­ple use to under­stand the point they’re try­ing to make. These have proved use­ful lat­er in my career, but I would have ben­e­fit­ted from more basic expe­ri­ence of what it’s like in a real work­place and how you’re expect­ed to behave.

Any advice for students staring out their journey to enter the industry?

I’m always a bit cau­tious about giv­ing advice because I think every­one must find their own way. What only dawned on me a few years after grad­u­at­ing was that you need to make things hap­pen your­self. Don’t wait for oppor­tu­ni­ties — if you want some­thing you need to make sure you’re ready for it and then make it hap­pen for yourself.

We’re going to be shar­ing everyone’s stu­dent jour­ney over on our Insta­gram and LinkedIn chan­nels. So, make sure you’re giv­ing us a fol­low to receive all the lat­est updates, it’s worth it just to see everyone’s uni­ver­si­ty throw­back pictures!