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Lincoln School of Design

Whether you’re a fledgling fashionista, aspiring architect, potential product designer or great with graphics, we have a whole host of resources to help you find your future career path.

If you’re not sure what you’d like to do yet, the links below may help you decide.

Confused? What are your options?

What can I do with my degree? 

You can see what careers other graduates who studied your degree entered by reading the Prospects ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ guide:

What Do Graduates Do?

Job search

Design is a valuable skill across every industry, and your job search needn’t be confined to the creative sector. A huge variety of sectors invest in designers and design skills, so it might be useful to broaden your horizons and consider what your design skills could bring to different sectors you find interesting. For example you could apply your design expertise to the education, engineering, media, business or even the banking sector. It’s important to keep an open mind – you may well find that the right opportunity comes from an unexpected source. 

Before starting your job search, it can be useful to identify the industries you’d like to work in. This will help you tailor and focus your job search. Here are some resources for finding jobs, work experience, and networking opportunities in the design industry:

  • Creative Pool – A global networking and job search platform for the Design industry
  • Directory of Design Consultants – A useful resource to locate consultancies.
  • Job Search for Fashion – A useful guide for top tips on job hunting within the Fashion industry.
  • Mad Jobs – A platform for Design and Advertising.
  • Writers & Artist Yearbook – A key resource for any aspiring illustrators or book designers.
  • D&AD exists to stimulate, enable and award creative excellence in design and advertising. D&AD awards recognise design talent and provide a platform to showcase to industry.

Graduate job site Prospects can also help you find employers and resources for your chosen industry. 

Speculative Applications

Some jobs aren’t advertised in the normal way, and some companies don’t advertise their vacancies outside of their networks. We call this “the hidden job market”, and this can be common for the creative industry, particularly in the Architecture sector.

To find out about potential opportunities that may not be advertised, you may need to use Speculative Applications. This is when you contact a company you’d like to work for directly to advertise your skills and let them know you’d like to join them. See our guide on Speculative Applications for more information. 

Showcasing Your Work

Showcasing platforms are important networking tools for the creative industries. Employers use these sites to discover talent. Start by uploading your work to the Creative Showcase to showcase your work to employers who are interested in University of Lincoln students and graduates. For further advice on creative applications and portfolios see our dedicated page.


Self-employment is another way of working in the Design sector, check out our Freelancer Toolkit for support and information about becoming a freelancer.

Graduate Schemes & Design Employers

A graduate scheme is a structured training programme run by an employer to develop future leaders of an organisation.​ They can be really helpful if you’re looking to developing a range of experience across an organisation. You can find graduate schemes in a variety of industries with a high percentage of companies open to any degree discipline.

Here are some examples of Graduate Schemes & Popular Design Employers:

  • Advertising – AMV BBDO, Grey UK, Leo Burnett, McCann.
  • Fashion – Arcadia, ASOS, Burberry, John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer, Next.
  • Product Design & Branding – Jaguar Land Rover, AKQA, Big Active, Boots (Global Brands)
  • Publishing – Bloomsbury, HarperCollins UK, Oxford University Press, Penguin Random House.

For further research into graduate schemes it’s worth checking out the UK’s top 300 most popular graduate employers. Remember you can use your transferable skills from your degree to apply to a wide range of options. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look our guide to starting your career journey

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

For general support and information about protected characteristics please visit our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion page

Many employers and organisations advertise opportunities and initiatives to attract candidates from under-represented backgrounds and improve representation within their industry. The links below offer an insight into targeted initiatives and support available within industries related to your school. 

Creative Access offers a jobs board, training and support to candidates and are working towards a day when Britain’s society is truly reflected in the creative industries.

Centre for Accessible Environments The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) has been a leading authority on inclusive design for over 40 years. The provide consultancy, training, research and publications on building design and management to meet all user needs, including disabled and older people. The also run a pathway programme for 18 – 30 disabled talent living in London.

United in Design a charitable organisation set up to address the lack of diversity within the interior design industry. 

Design Council provides advice for designing for diversity. Their website also includes a report on diversity within the design industry.

Fashion Minority Alliance are a non-profit organisation set up to help increase diversity and inclusion within the fashion, beauty and creative industries. 

If you’d like more personalised advice on how to start thinking about your career in design, you can always book a Careers Guidance session with one of our advisors for a one to one chat. 

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