Wanna know a dirty li’l secret about college? After four years of classes and $60,000+ in tuition costs, you STILL won’t really be prepared for the workforce. (Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.) But don’t fret, soon-to-be grads: here’s some insider-only information to improve your odds of getting a graphic design job:
Hi, I’m Candace. I spent the last few months as an inbound marketing intern at the marketing & design studio Kiwi Creative. Although inbound is my passion, I started out as a very confused Public Relations major. For the record, I’m still a PR major, but now I (think) I know what I want to do with my life.
Dear Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed Grads-to-Be,
Let me get right to the point: stop what you’re doing right now and go apply for an internship. Seriously.
This summer has most definitely been one I will never forget and a great part of that is because of the wonderful team here at Kiwi Creative. Being an intern has its stresses, for sure, but I could not have been more fortunate in my interning experience this summer because I've learned so much about myself and the industry I want to work in. Throughout this summer, I have been able to apply my creative knowledge through real-life design work and one-on-one contact with actual clients…what more could any intern want?
Being an intern can be crazy, stressful and unpredictable. (At my internship last summer, I lived outside of the country, worked for free, logged 15-hour days and had a boss who texted me all day, every day.) Many people I tell about that experience can't imagine putting so much effort into something with no paycheck. At this point, you may even be asking yourself “is an internship really even worth it?”
It's almost graduation season, which means it's time for a whole new wave of newbie designers to enter the workforce. If you're one of them, read on.
The all-mighty portfolio review is a time-honored tradition for design students. Love it or hate it, presenting your work is one of the most crucial skills in a designer's arsenal, so it's a good idea to get plenty o' practice before your first job interview or client presentation.