Work experience has collective benefit

Waimea College students Zoe Pascoe, 16, left, Tayla Harvey, 16, and Morgan Earle, 16, visited the Bridge Street Collective on Thursday. Alden Williams / Fairfax NZ

Waimea College students Zoe Pascoe, 16, left, Tayla Harvey, 16, and Morgan Earle, 16, visited the Bridge Street Collective on Thursday. Alden Williams / Fairfax NZ

A coffee to start the day and a collaborative working environment were some of the perks for Nelson students who spent a day doing work experience at the Bridge Street Collective.

Three Waimea College students interested in working in the field of graphic design approached Bridge Street Collective founder Galen King to ask about spending time in the co-working space.

He said the collective had always been open to allowing students to come in and experience the environment but it had been hard in the past to find work for them. He had encouraged the Waimea College students to bring their own projects with them so members of the collective could give them feedback and guidance during the day. 

One of the challenges of studying design at school was working on a fictitious brief for a fictitious client and it was good for the students to experience the real world application, said King. 

The collective was made up of 25 people experienced in a range of different fields, with graphic designers, web developers, engineers and geologists having occupied the space. 

"It's been cool seeing members come in and interact with them," said King. "They are getting the collective benefit of being amongst us."

Waimea College year 12 student Morgan Earle was working on a poster as part of a year-long project to create a visual identity for an event.

He had received constructive feedback from other designers about his work that had been useful. 

"We are all interested in graphic design but not sure what it is like in the field and wanted to have an experience to get a more in-depth understanding," said Earle. 

"It's really hard to know what you actually want to do and to have experience is really valuable.

"It's been really cool to see what goes on in a normal day as I would really like to go into this field," said fellow student Tayla Harvey.

"I've talked to lots of people and they have all been really interesting."

King reinforced that the offer was there for other students who were keen to come in and experience what it was like to work amongst those at the collective. 

"We are putting it out there to other students to come in, have a desk. The offer is there and I think these kids might be keen to come back," said King.