With a creative eye for design and passion for business, Angela Kim came to UCOL to develop the skills that she needed to make it as a graphic designer.
In 2010, having already created her own organic body products, Angela was working with a graphic designer to develop the branding when she realised design was something that she could turn her hand to.
She also knew she wanted to improve her business knowledge, so she moved to Whanganui and enrolled at UCOL.
Graduating in 2015, Angela has now developed the core skills to be able run her own business as a freelance graphic design artist, with contracts through UCOL and other local organisations.
As a single mother to a teenage daughter, flexibility, understanding and support were key factors in Angela's success during her time at UCOL.
"I formed good relationships with my lecturers, who had an understanding of work and family responsibilities outside of class. Because of their industry experience they were able to provide valuable advice on how to manage these responsibilities in future job environments."
"UCOL encouraged us as students to think outside of the box, to try things in different ways; they did not try to push us into a mould. We were encouraged to peer review and taught to give constructive criticism and from this experience I learnt to separate ego from design."
Angela has particularly well-honed skills in photography and typography, and is looking into undertaking some marketing papers to continue to develop well rounded business skills. After receiving a business grant, her next big challenge is to brand herself and to continue to develop as a freelance artist.
"Studying Computer Graphic Design at UCOL has provided me with the foundations I needed to be employed as a graphic designer. The next goal for me is to work in a team and improve my skill set, as well as to support my own business plans."