BBG was thrilled to have Design and Branding Apprentice Vicky Escobar join us for our 1st ever Virtual (Covid-Safe) Apprenticeship working from Florida, with our team in Chicago.
Vicky went above and beyond each and every task set before her. Not only would she tackle the task, she would tackle far beyond the task. We love working with you Vicky, and you are always welcome to design and brand with our team! Jason Schwartz, Creative Director, Partner
This summer was one that no one will ever forget, and although a lot of things didn’t go as planned for the world, I was lucky enough to have been able to work as BBG’s first fully remote apprentice. Starting an apprenticeship at a new place can be hard, but on top of that, having it be 100% remote presents a whole new set of challenges. I was lucky enough to be in a place that welcomed that challenge, and believed in me to take it on. One would think that being a remote intern would affect your learning, but that wasn’t the case with BBG. I was able to learn many things on the job, and some things that I learned were because we are remote, such as video conferencing with clients, and learning how to manage projects on my own time.
What is the most important thing you learned during your apprenticeship?
Working in an educational environment, such as school, is very different from being in the workforce. In school the only “client” you really have is yourself. Developing work for someone else can be intimidating, but it’s a skill all designers must have. This skill is probably the most important thing I learned and gained. I had to stand by my design decisions presented to clients, and be confident in my own work.
What is the best part of working at BBG?
Working at BBG really gave me the experience and opportunity to explore projects on my own. I was allowed to develop my own design directions as well as pitch to clients. This really has been different from other internships/apprenticeships that I’ve had. I felt more like part of a team, rather than “the intern.” Besides the opportunities that I was given, I also was able to work alongside amazing designers that really pushed me to challenge my own creative thinking, and teach me valuable skills. You will be surrounded by people that want you to get the most out of this apprenticeship and look out for you, which is not something you can say happens at every apprenticeship.
What should someone know before applying for a BBG apprenticeship?
Anyone applying to an apprenticeship at BBG should know that this is a very hands on opportunity. Don’t expect to be making copies or prepping export files. You will be doing actual design work for real clients. At times it can be stressful and tough, but having a supportive team behind you and seeing your work appreciated by the client makes the stress of being thrown into it exciting.