Electrolux offers industrial design students the chance of a lifetime

Remember that episode of the Simpsons where Marge gets a kitchen that can clean itself? Well, believe it or not, we’re not too far away from that becoming reality.

Electrolux’s Design Lab 2011 competition is inviting industrial design students and 2010 industrial design graduates to create home appliances that will improve how people prepare food and do their dishes, both in and out of the home. The competition winner will receive 5000 Euros and a 6 month paid internship at an Electrolux global design centre.

In 2010, Electrolux received 1300 entries from 50 different countries, which included everything from a virtual kitchen to a fridge made from gel. 2011’s Design Lab competition will be no different, so if you’re a budding industrial designer, and want to get steps ahead then this is a competition that you don’t want to miss.

For those of you who have an interest in design, but are unsure what careers are out there, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of options in many different sectors. Anthony Hickman is a Design Project Manager for Ulster Carpets, he struggled to achieve high grades in his GCSEs, but he did discover what he was good at, “I got seven GCSEs, but overall they weren’t great. Art was, I was always outstanding at Art, and when I did my A-levels, Art was the only subject I was doing well in”.

Mark Brassington is a Computer Games Modeller for Jagex. When first studying his A-levels he choose Business Studies, but realised quickly that he wanted to study Art and changed his course. This led him onto studying Computer Games Design at University. With computer gaming being a hobby as well as a career Mark is in his dream job‘, “I’ve always loved games, but I didn’t actually think it would be possible for it to turn into a career, it’s a dream job! Some people dream about being pop stars, some people dream about being a movie star, but games was my dream. I didn’t actually think it would be possible until I found a course at a University”.

Linda Morton works as a Make-up Designer for the BBC Three show Primeval, and believes that you should find a career that you want to be doing, “If you find something that you want to do, do it to the best of your ability. You might never be absolutely brilliant at it, but as long as you can do a good job that everybody is satisfied with then that’s great, even if you’re not the most academic person in the world”.

So if you have a passion for something but you’re not sure if it even exists as a job, then do a little research. Before you know it, your weekend hobby could turn into your weekday dream job!

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