Grad Profile: Ebony James-McGrath Introducing Ebony James-McGrath, an Associate Consultant and one of the first 10 selected for Melbourne’s ARQ graduate program.
From Masters in Architecture to Tech
Meet James Goh, one of the newest additions to ARQ’s growing team! James joined ARQ earlier this year through the Melbourne graduate program and is now Associate Consultant.
A qualified architect who continued graphic design on the side, James has always been super creative, but couldn’t decide which career path would allow him to tap into his creative energy and grow his skills.
Learn why James chose ARQ and his aspirations for the grad program.
What did you think you were going to do, or be, when you finished high school?
How has that changed to where you are now?
I’ve always been a really creative thinker, but when I finished school I couldn’t decide between architecture, game design or graphic design.
In the end I went on to study a Bachelors (and eventually a Masters!) in architecture at the University of Melbourne. I loved the courses and got a lot out of it, and the whole time I also satisfied my creative side by developing my graphic design skills in the background. I read books, attended lectures and had a few passion projects all on the go at once.
It didn’t take long for me to realise that this was where I wanted to be and that I had found my true passion in all things design.
What made you apply for and choose ARQ as your next career move?
Working at a company like ARQ felt like it was always inevitable for someone like me. I focussed on always challenging myself in new and creative ways and I am keen to tap into different ways of thinking and approaching problems. I’m currently obsessed with digital design, specifically human centred design. ARQ seemed like the best place to work on a huge variety of things and come together with like-minded people to make a positive change for ARQ’s customers.
What are the top three things you wish to achieve in 2021, and how can ARQ support you along the way?
- It’s vague, but I can’t wait to build something exciting and see it come to life. I can’t wait for the moment I can say “we’ve done this really cool thing and I helped bring it together.”
- Amp up my UI and UX design skills. I feel like these are art forms and I can’t wait to learn as much as possible from some of the greats at ARQ.
- I’m keen to find a mentor at ARQ who I can talk to and learn from during my time here.
I already know ARQ’s commitment to supporting me and the other grads, and that we’ll have opportunities explore fields and aspects of the business beyond what our core interest is. I think this variety and exposure is the only way to evolve not only our tech skills but also our ability to be strong and trusted consultants.
What’s your dream job?
Definitely to manage my own internal design team and be known for creating some amazing digital products.
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