Trinity Anglican College student Kai Campbell lands dream job at 16

BIG BREAK: Trinity Anglican College year 10 student Kai Campbell has already landed his dream job working for a US based clothing company. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
BIG BREAK: Trinity Anglican College year 10 student Kai Campbell has already landed his dream job working for a US based clothing company. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

At just 16 years of age Kai Campbell has already landed his dream job.

When he's not attending school at Thurgoona's Trinity Anglican College, in Albury, NSW, the year 10 student can now be found designing for US clothing brand Publicspace.

After seeing a position advertised on the company's Instagram page, the aspiring graphic designer decided to throw his hat in the ring.

"In my free time I was always making a lot of art with photoshop," Kai said.

"Then one day I got an email saying that they were looking for graphic designers and fashion designers and they thought who better than their own fans for the job.

"I applied and made a resume and a portfolio.

"A week later they got back to me and that's when I found out that they're in America, so I had to get up at 5am (for the interview).

"They said they'd put me on a trial and for a few days I was given work to do."

The border designer impressed during the trial period and is now apart of the team, receiving a paid percentage on sales.

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He admits he can't quite believe his luck, having already planted his foot in the door of the industry he one day aspired to work in after school.

"It all just sort of hit me," he said.

"It's the sort of job I thought I'd want after uni, but now works too."

Kai's job is now to make digital mock-ups of the clothing for the website, deciding where the designs should be placed on the apparel.

"It makes it more eye-catching for people to buy," he said.

While he has already seen his mock-ups of other people's artwork land online, he said it won't be too long before his designs hit the Los Angeles based clothing website.

The brand's creativity was what initially drew him in.

"I really liked a lot of their stuff, it was really unique," he said.

The youngster said he's having no problems juggling the designing job and school work and is enjoying the perks of working from home.

"Since it's international I can work whenever I want," he said.

"I obviously put school work before it, but I still have enough time to get it all done."

It comes in what has been a whirlwind year for students on the border, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing both sides into remote learning.

Victorian students continue to complete term three from home.

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