Welcome to How I Got My Job: a series of posts where we'll talk to some of your favourite media and creative hubs and find out how one of the team got their lucky break in the industry - and how you could follow in their footsteps.
Here, Lusea from UK based jewellery designer Tatty Devine talks to us about her role as a Laser Cutter Technician.
Tell us what you do for a living.
I'm a Laser Cutter Technician at Tatty Devine, based in their Brick Lane store. I'm responsible for laser cutting all personalised jewellery ordered in the store or those which are placed through our website. Personalised jewellery includes our popular Name Necklaces and Speech Bubble Necklaces. I also enjoy hosting some of our jewellery making workshops in the Brick Lane store or at external events, such as the Regent Street Bus Cavalcade where we had our very own Tatty Devine bus! We teach people how to make anything from Bunting Necklaces to Charm Bracelets or Parakeet Necklaces.
How did you go about getting your job at Tatty Devine? What did you do before that?
I started on the work placement programme in Tatty Devine's Kent workshop for a month before being offered a job there as a Maker. Tatty Devine has a jewellery making training programme where you're paired with one of the Senior Makers and taught different skills and techniques. After 9 months I applied for the role of Laser Cutter Technician and was promoted at the Brick Lane store. Before I joined the team in Kent, I'd recently graduated from Falmouth University with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Crafts and was interning and working in my own studio.
What does a day in the life of your job look like?
I start the day in the studio by working out my daily schedule, being briefed on any new projects and catching up with the other Makers. I then head to the shop, which is just around the corner from the studio, for 10am. Each Name Necklace is completely unique - customers design their own necklace by choosing a colour, font, charm and chain. I then artwork each name letter by letter before cutting each necklace out on the laser cutter.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Tatty Devine?
The people. I love the people I work with, the company and the opportunities. Tatty Devine attracts like-minded people, so the staff and customers are really cool and interesting!
What would be your advice to people aspiring to work in a creative industry?
Try to intern in as many places as you can. Find out your areas of interest and what type of role you'd like - you don't know what will come from each experience, so just soak up everything you can.