A very enthusiastic Graphic Designer

BidX1 Karl Hussey Photography 2018.

Célia Marin shared her story with Women4IT and Tech Week team.

Célia completed a Multimedia Degree in France. She first came to Dublin to improve her English but after a few months she “SIMPLY LOVED IT and decided to stay”.

She did several internships and finally got her first job in a printing company. Those experiences helped her to shape her own design vision but also contributed to developing her technical skills.

This year will mark her first full year as a GRAPHIC DESIGNER in BidX1.

Read the full interview here.

1. Could you tell me more about who you are and what you do? What are your hobbies, interests and what is your job? Age?

My name is Celia, I am 26 and I am originally from France. I moved to Ireland 4 years ago and I’m currently working as a Graphic Designer for BidX1 in Dublin.

BidX1 are market-leaders in the digitisation of property transactions, allowing buyers and sellers across the globe to complete online transactions. In other words, technology and innovation are core aspects of our company.

BidX1’s designers work closely with the marketing team. One of our key aims, as a team, is to promote BidX1’s brand and products. My role in the design team is to create traditional visuals (such as brochures, adverts, presentations and proposals for clients) and digital graphics (such as emails, online banners and social media visuals). We’re currently operating in 5 countries, so we must adapt our communication strategy to each one of them.

My favourite part of the job is that I never get bored – it’s so varied and you constantly learn new skills, so it makes the work even more interesting. I’m passionate about graphic design. I love watching out for new trends and keeping an eye on other designers’ work. It’s a great way to keep up to date on what’s happening in the industry and stimulate your creativity.

In my free time I also like drawing, climbing and spending time with my friends and family.

2. How did you get to where you are right now in your career?

I completed a Multimedia Degree in France. I first came to Dublin to improve my English but after a few months here I simply loved it and decided to stay. I was out of my comfort zone, learning a new language, and I knew Dublin had loads of design jobs available so plenty of possibilities laying in front of me. I did several internships and finally got my first job in a printing company. Those experiences helped me to shape my own design vision but also contributed to developing my technical skills. This year will mark my first full year in BidX1.

3. What has been the role of technology and digital skills on this path?

Technology and digital skills are a must in a graphic designer’s journey. We use specialised software every day in our work, such as Illustrator, Indesign and/or Photoshop. We always work on our laptop/tablet to create multimedia design. I remember spending hours experimenting with different tools on my computer when I first started! Today, I am still learning – with the team or through research.

4. What are the benefits of working in the tech sector / in digital for a woman?

The tech sector is probably one of the most innovative and rapidly growing industries. It’s challenging and you’ll never get bored. Plus, this sector is huge, so there are lots of opportunities and career options for all different types of skills.

5. How do companies benefit from having women in ICT positions (tech/digital)?

(See question 6 below)

6. Do you think we should have more women in the tech sector / digital jobs? Why?

Yes, I think that having a variety of people working together is the ideal scenario; bringing together different points of view and different types of experience will lead a project to success.

From my experience, women are well represented in graphic design. However, I don’t think being a man or a woman should affect your decision to work in tech/digital. If you’re a hard worker, creative and innovative, this sector is for you.

7. Why is developing digital skills important? What opportunities can it bring, especially for women?

As recently as 2018, the OECD found that around 250m fewer women are online, compared to men. Digital skills could help empower women, both socially and when it comes to job opportunities.

Technology is expanding into all areas of our lives. Everyone is eventually going to be confronted by it, so it’s important to educate young women, so that they have the necessary digital skills to succeed.

8. What advice do you have for young women who would like to start their career in tech/digital?

I would just say go for it! This industry is growing and there is still loads to discover and create. If you’re adaptable and like a challenging environment, this career is for you.

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