First Hand — From an English degree to service design: Recent grad Natalie Harney’s first 12 months
Just over a year ago, Natalie Harney graduated with an English degree from Oxford University. Although she was unsure about her next steps, she was keen to pursue something creative – despite being told numerous times that it wasn’t a valid option. So, swiftly sidestepping expectations of becoming a journalist or teacher, she enrolled in a graduate scheme. Twelve months on, she’s working to design services and solutions for public-sector problems at Transform, a digital consultancy. And if that wasn’t enough, she also freelances as an illustrator in her spare time. She reflects on her first steps into the world of work, from picking up new industry languages to learning new skills, and finding fresh ways to apply existing ones.
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