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In the next instalment from our 'A Day in the Life of' series, we catch up with Mark Chester, who has recently just completed his work experience placement at Playscheme.
Mark is now working with us part-time over the summer holidays, which is giving him first-hand insight into the world of product design.
Work Experience - Product Designer
Tell us about your role
My role within Playscheme is to gain as much experience as I can. Working in a busy design environment I have been collaborating with the rest of the team to fulfil a range of briefs. I particularly have been working on creating new products for Playscheme including a range of farm shop equipment and adding to the extensive adventure trail components.
What are the key challenges of your role?
The most challenging part of my role is coming up with new and exciting products without copying what's already out there on the market. As there's a lot of companies in the UK, this can be incredibly hard at times. Another key challenge within my role is keeping the costs of the products down so that they are affordable for schools or councils to buy.
What aspect of your role do you like the best?
The aspect that I like the most about my role is the freedom to be as creative as I want to be. The only real limit to my role is my own imagination.
How long have you been working at Playscheme?
I began my two week long placement last week.
How do you like to spend your free time?
In my spare time I like to relax and unwind with my 7 house mates. In a busy student house there is always something going on. When I do have time to myself I like to play the guitar, or in the summer I play cricket for my local club.
What is your happiest memory of working at Playscheme?
The first day I came to Playscheme everyone made me feel really welcome which really calmed my nerves. They really made me feel like one of the team.
Where did you love to play when you were younger?
When I was younger I loved playing at my local cricket ground. I loved the community spirit which made each match special.
What was your favourite toy as a child?
As a child I had quite a few toys which I really enjoyed. My two favourites must be the Tracey island Thunderbirds set or Pokemon Trading Cards. However after growing up it soon changed to the Playstation 1.
Which living person do you most admire and why?
There are a lot of really inspirational famous people out there who I admire, but the people that I admire the most are my parents. They've always been so supportive and helpful!
What is your most treasured possession?
My most treasured possession has to be my PRS SE 24 custom Electric guitar. I just love the colour and the overall finish of the wood.
What would your super power be?
I'd either have the ability to teleport anywhere or be able to travel through time. You'd be able to see and do anything you wanted.
What is your favourite phrase or motto?
Henry Ford - Don't find fault, find a remedy.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Abba - Mamma Mia
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I'd probably go back to Ancient Greece or Rome, they were so ahead of their time which I think is fascinating.
How do you relax?
When I have time I like to relax by just laying down of the sofa watching something like Game of Thrones.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
I think the most important lesson I've learned so far is to just take any opportunity you can. Live life to the fullest and experience as much as you can.
Keep your eyes peeled for our next instalment coming soon! If you're interested in what we do and how we could transform your outdoor space, then please give us a shout on 01904 607677 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org