Its so good that I have finished with uni. Cant believe I did it. But…if you think this is IT you are wrong. Getting started in the carrier isn’t that easy. There are so many difficulties, for example, if you finish with first you think that you rule the world. Well, not exactly. First of all, you need patience. A lot of it. Really. Be ready that you have to start from the bottom (unpaid intership or a probation period), where bosses will be challenging you all the time. Even if you got First, you still have to study and work hard. Also, uni life and real world are two completely different things. In uni you might not be criticised harshly, teachers might help you and give advice. Dont think it will happen in the industry: everyone is busy and you are the least problem they have today (if you are from design world, you have to meet tight deadlines and every second does matter). So, my friend, you are by yourself.
As everyone else I have also did amazing intership that helped me to understand my strengths and weaknesses. Be prepared that you might not be successful straight away, but sooner or later you will get there.
After completing my intership, I analysed every day and finally came up with the list. This is special list, its called “My improvements” but you can call it as you wish. I put it on my wall, now I know where I am and what do I need to improve. It really helped me because I am not confused or stressed. I know what to do, and I am improving every day. You can set a small goal for each day, for example scratch it to you notepad ( “I need to see that tutorial on Youtube with this handsome guy”). It will help you to stay on track. Organisation is a key !
If you dont like books, then this advice might not be suitable for you. But, I read very interesting book “Burn you portfolio: things they don’t teach you in design school, but should” by Michael Janda. He will go into details about what to expect from clients and how to communicate effectively. Moreover, this book will help you to avoid so many mistakes with contract and business management.
Hopefully, this post is interesting and if you need any advice, feel free to contact me. I am not pro, but I have been here:)