Case study

Graduate design technician — Ivani Ferrao

Ivani enjoys the constant learning involved in his role as a graduate design technician. Find out his career ambitions and whether his degree was relevant

How did you get your job?

After completing my degree in architectural design and technology from the University of Salford, I applied for my current role through a job agency. I currently work at a commercial glazing specialist as a design technician.

What are your main work activities?

I go through quite a few different processes each day but could be producing a set of drawings required by the client, or sending work out for approval or comments. Once drawings have been approved, I can issue them to the construction team when they're needed.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I really enjoy the process of learning and the possibility of progression in the company.

What are the challenges?

You need to constantly deliver a high standard in your drawings as well as always thinking innovatively and creatively.

Is your degree relevant?

Honestly, most of what I have learnt during my degree has no direct relevance to what's really involved in the industry. Most, or all, of the little knowledge I have came from doing different types of jobs and carefully observing other senior technicians at Britplas.

How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?

At the moment, I'm working on my yearly appraisal objectives, which should guide me to move from a graduate design technician to a junior design technician.

My ambition is to follow the footsteps of some of my colleagues who started with minimum knowledge, and who are great technicians capable of working of any type or scale of project.

Any words of advice for someone hoping to get into this job?

  • Be persistent and take risks.
  • It might be a good idea to look for jobs outside of your local area.
  • Take notes at all job interviews and use them for future ones.