After graduating Matthew Bagley travelled for over two years within Australia, Canada then Europe. By the time he came home he had worked out what he wanted to do, and studied Applied Design, Visual communications, User experience Design.
Matthew has worked in the design/creative industry for 15 years and is currently working as a Creative Director. For the past 4 years he has worked in the Health and Wellbeing section of Virgin and is now contracted to various companies doing market strategies and positioning around branding and creativity. For the last 7 years he has actively looked to work with companies that are pushing to make a positive change in the world, to give the work he does a purpose over a pay cheque.
His other focus has been ocean photography, however this has been more for satisfaction over a financial gain. Matt says “When you grow up on the coast you will understand how much of your life revolves around the ocean. My photography work is around the human connection with the ocean”. In 2021 Matthew released his work for exhibitions and awards, and they have been displayed in Milan, Monaco, Berlin, Moscow and London. www.instagram.com/petrichor.mb
Matthew says “I can honestly say if you find yourself flying 35 hours for a meeting in Boston with the CEO of a multinational company and the round table discussion is where did you go to school? and everyone is saying Brown, Stanford, Harvard and you say I went to school where surfing was a subject on a Wednesday afternoon you will be remembered”.
His advice to current and future students is to make decisions and move forward, some are right and some are wrong, but you will learn more from the times you are wrong. Find a mentor. It's been more valuable learning from people with passion and purpose for what they do, so soak it up like a sponge. It is less about the big company name and more about the people leading the business, department managers, your team members or staff.