My First Year as an IMD Apprentice
August 2016, I started the apprenticeship. Now I nearly finished my first year.
First I present you shortly what I do.
This year I first learnt at school the basics of Design, like the study of colours, drawing and the history of design. At work, I made little intern projects like business-cards and posters. I didn't only work on digital product. Actually, I don't like work with print stuff, but it was a good variety. After this project I started working at customer projects.
My experience and awareness
I am surprised form myself, that I didn't very noticed the big difference from 13 weeks vacation to 5 weeks vacation. By the change of school and work, the weeks were varied and fast moving. Sometimes I only recognize what I learned, when I speak with people which aren't from this business. For me some words are just clear and normal, which are for them like "what is this? Can you explain me that?". I don't really recognize what I learnd in this year. You hear for example a word at a point in time for the first time, and the second time it's just normal and it's naturally to use that. For me it was a big jump between everyday school and work in an office with just older grown-up people. A completly other environment. But I totally like working in the office more than sitting silence in school. You've got more liberty and you're a full part of a group and not just a little stupid student. This apply to the regular school not to the vocational school. The vocational school, which I attend know is different. We are just a small class with 4 people. It's not like the normal student teacher relationship. It's more a working together on a project than just listening to the teachers telling.
The school is based on projects and a small part theory. It's learning while doing. the most subjects takes a half-day. That's perfect you have enough time to look into a subject. For me the school could invest more time in theory. The project takes to much part of the education. Altough theory is very dry and sometimes boring, I could learn much more in detail. I like the information exchange with the other students from other companies.
All in all
Now at this point I made my first year. I learned much last year and had a great time. I'm looking forward to the next year. I'm sure it will be a great time!