19th June 2001
A Hull student who became the first woman designer to work at a leading Texan exhibition design firm has been offered a prestigious job with the company.
Lucy Povey’s six-week placement with Omnigroup in Houston was such a success that the president of the company offered her a permanent job when she graduates next year from the Hull School of Architecture.
Twenty-year-old Lucy, from Wokingham, Berkshire, was originally offered a work placement in Australia as part of her degree – but lack of cash meant she had to turn the offer down.
“I really wanted to go abroad for my work placement, so our lecturer told me about a six-week placement at Omnigroup in Houston, one of the leading exhibit design companies in the United States, who had approached the university asking for a student,” said Lucy.
“It’s been a most valuable experience - what you learn in the industry gives you a different perspective on what you learn at university. I saw every aspect of the company’s work and was lucky enough to sit in on presentations. It was hard work, but what I got out of it was incredible.”
After six weeks at Omnigroup Lucy was amazed when the company president offered her a full-time job. “It was a real shock when he asked me - I wasn’t expecting it at all,” she said. “I was the first student from ULH to go out to Omnigroup, and I was the first female designer ever to work for the firm, so I knew I had to prove myself.
“I got on really well with the guys I was working with, and as a woman and a European I was able to bring something different to the company. I haven’t made my mind up about the job just yet. I had a fantastic time and I could see myself working there, but I’m always one for keeping my options open.”
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