Ever wondered what it's like making the change from being freelance to securing a permanent position? Want to know the challenges, highlights, and hints and tips about being a Graphic Designer?

Clara Black, Graphic Designer at NUCO Travel, shares her experiences and advice on transitioning from her freelance design job to her new full-time role!


Clara Black - Graphic Designer at NUCO Travel


What are the highlights of your job?

Firstly would be the people I work with, no doubt there is a mutual respect between every employee and we all communicate well - it creates a relaxed environment, even when the pressure is on! Secondly would be the projects, and the opportunities that come from these. We are in the middle of a partnership with ASOS, which has been incredibly exciting. Thirdly is learning about the different roles and using as a result expanding my knowledge as not only a designer, but an employee.


What are the challenges of your role?

Deadlines are sometimes ASAP, which creates a challenge initially. However after communicating, the process becomes smooth and achievable.


What added value did you get from job hunting with a recruitment agency such as us here at The Candidate?

Mainly the advice on how to approach interviews and tasks, whilst also receiving regular updates on how the role was progressing. Meg (The Candidate's B2B Marketing Recruitment Manager) truly made me feel like I had a team behind me whilst in the application process, and not just being a one-man-band.


Will you contact a recruitment agency again for any future career change?

Absolutely, having that extra support, from Meg reduced any stress and also built confidence. Plus getting to celebrate with them was an added bonus!


Top 5 Tips for securing a job in your industry?

  • Be outgoing, in the role but also in general.
  • Be yourself, the culture it’s so important so both parties need to know you will work well together.
  • Be dedicated, show that you put your all into your work.
  • Communicate well, don’t be afraid to contribute thoughts/ideas.
  • Finally, enjoy the process - the more you enjoy it, the easier it will be.


Thank you Clara! So glad you're enjoying your new role and found working with us to be a great experience!


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