IDI Graduate Story: Andrew Parsons at IDI Graduation 2018

IDI Graduate Story: Andrew Parsons at IDI Graduation 2018

November 30, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Today I’ve travelled from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. The graduation ceremony is something I definitely wouldn’t miss. I’ve put a lot of
effort in my studies on the course and Edinburgh is a fantastic place, a city
I’ve not been to in many years. So I thought I really had to go. I chose to study online
and because I work full-time, I’ve got a young family and I’ve always wanted
to go back and get a degree. Then I found IDI, did a bit of research into it and
found it was quite appealing. Then I didn’t regret actually going through with it. It’s been fantastic. Studying online I knew the study would be challenging, but the fact that it was online meant I could drop in and out
when I needed to which was really convenient and I could manage my studies as long as
you meet the deadline. It really was fantastic. Interacting with other
students via the forums was really helpful to get some insight into other people’s opinion and some elements of the course required some kind of
collaboration so it was great to get feedback from peers as well as being
able to interact with your tutors as well was really helpful. My highlights
of studying with IDI were the briefs that were set were really challenging
briefs and it also allowed me to re-engage with my creativity in a way
that I haven’t done in a long time working. Then I suppose the
biggest highlight was actually entering the D&AD competition and winning the
pencil – another bonus to actually the degee! The
hardest part of studying was purely down to the fact that I work full-time and
I’ve got a family, so it was a lot of burning the midnight oil. But it just adds to the sense of achievement that you’ve put all that effort in and it’s really rewarding at the end. I had a five-year plan that I wanted to move up in my career and I found
that when I was looking about a lot of agencies wouldn’t even look at you if you
didn’t have a degree – not that I’d actually tested it, but I felt I needed to have that
on my CV before I actually went out in pursuit of a new opportunities. Working in the industry you don’t get a lot of opportunities to
sit down and fully research your subject so you miss opportunities for
creativity so to actually be studying and being encouraged to follow that
path it definitely changes the way you approach your subject so I found I’ve
now continued to do that even in my professional career.
It really just helped my creative-thinking ability. My aspirations, part of
my five-year plan, was to see if I could actually move up a step in my
career which is currently going quite well. I’ve had a lot of response obviously
on the back of getting my degree and winning an award, so that’s brought a lot of
interest in myself as a professional. So I’ll see what happens! Any advice –
definitely do it if you’re thinking about it. It’s really convenient
and I wouldn’t say it’s any easier, I’ve studied previously at a University
so I’ve seen it from both perspectives. And certainly being able to drop in
and drop out when it suits you has been fantastic and convenient, really. It’s just the kind of sense of achievement. I’d definitely recommend it.