Former apprentice celebrates one year anniversary at Northern Media

Graphic Designer Jess Venson has been with Northern Media for just over a year now. Originally an apprentice, Jess is now a full time employee and a valued member of the team. To celebrate her one year anniversary, we caught up with Jess to see how she is getting on.

Hi Jess, thanks for taking the time for a chat. Tell us, how did you get your job at Northern Media?

Well, before working for Northern Media I was an apprentice Graphic Designer at GEM Design studio, an apprentice run design agency within Barnsley College. Northern Media were looking for an apprentice designer who had a little more experience. I was halfway through my course and so completed my apprenticeship with Northern Media, and they employed me full time shortly afterwards.

Tell us about a typical day in your role?

There is no typical day in a marketing agency as every day is so different! One day I could be designing a website from scratch, the next I could be recolouring the sky blue. I do everything from design for print, branding to web design.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love creating something new and unique for our clients. Being a graphic designer means that all of your designs are completely original, and when I see my designs being used by clients it feels great!

What project are you most proud of?

To date I am most proud of an exhibition stand I recently designed for one of our biggest clients. I had never created anything so big with such specific requirements. I am very happy with the outcome and look forward to the next big project.

What do you like most about working at Northern Media?

I love how our clients are so varied! No two are the same which makes the job even more exciting (and a little challenging at times.)

What advice would you give to other aspiring graphic designers?

Don’t just stick to what you know, push yourself to try new ideas and grab any opportunity you have to learn new skills! Graphic design is forever developing.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have been involved in gymnastics since a young age. I am now retired from competing and enjoy coaching younger children after work and at the weekend.

Northern Media are a full service design and marketing agency based in Wakefield, providing services such as website design, print media, social media and SEO. For more information, please contact us on 01924 367 105 or email

Written by Chris Elliot

Managing Director

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