Wrapping up my last few weeks at Pedigo, Looking back on all the things I have learned over my time. I can not believe I have been there for a year already. I would completely recommend getting an internship to any young designer because you learn so much more then what you can learn in school!
For my last few weeks at pedigo, I have been doing a lot more running errands and getting some of new projects to different construction companies to bid some of our new projects.
One of the projects that I have been working with all semester is finally finishing up, The cleaning ladies have came through and cleaned the place so the furniture could be moved in as soon as it got in! Its crazy to see how much that house has changed in such a short time.
While working at Pedigo Design I had many responsibilities, I did everything from running errands, drawings, space planning, material specs, and client visits. I had a lot of interaction with Lynn the head designer, and Ben, her assistant. I got to help them with all of their projects in all phases. I also got to interact with the contractors, anyone from the electricians to the painters, and even the various venders’s of where we purchased all the furniture and materials from. Going to house visits and client visits was an amazing opportunity because it’s something you don’t get to experience in school. Getting to work one on one with the client was great as well. I made lot of connections whether it be with sales reps, team members or the client themselves, it was a great networking opportunity.
The experience as a whole has completely enhanced my learning, I have been more informative of all the processes that you don’t get to do in school; such as the biding process, working with a budget, and getting to be on site during a project installation. I have been able to learn so much through the other designers at the firm. From beginning
I have gained so much through this experience; I have realized that although I loved working in a residential firm I may want to look into more of a hospitality firm or even a larger scale firm; just to be able to compare the difference of both. I plan to do this experience again with another firm so I get that opportunity to experience both sides of design, and get a better idea of what I want to do in the future. I would really recommend this type of opportunity to anyone, but especially design majors. There is so much in design that you can only experience in the real world. I feel ahead of the game in my own major because I did this. As I start to get up in my higher-level classes I notice myself knowing the information more and more before we even get to it. I think this could be beneficial to any major then. Nothing is more important then getting out in the real world and putting all your skills to the test. Plus you make so many connections with people that it could help you land a job for once you’re done with school, which is always a plus! in school, I was able to do spec books and material boards right once I walked in with little direction. I also had an idea of the design process so I knew what to expect, it was more just adjusting to their methods of doing things! Being a professional was very important. Visiting the clients and the various vendors and manufactures I made sure I handled everything in a professional manor to resemble the good quality work from Pedigo Design. I have enjoyed my time with the firm. I think it was very beneficial for me to do this while in school; It gave me an idea of one of the directions I could possibly take with my career.
I have recently got accepted for a different internship with Interspace Design here in lexington, so I will be starting there the week after finals. I’m happy to get to continue the experience and learn more of the commercial aspect of design in the real work place!