Graduating and finding work is difficult at the best of times. I wanted to share some of my story in solidarity with the many graduates that are feeling uncertain about the world of work and design. It will be challenging to find a role, but if your heart is in it, you are good at what you do and are prepared to work hard and learn – you can make it work. How do you navigate the road ahead?
My phone screen time is on average 4.5 hours a day. It is growing in lockdown…I love to escape this. To do this, I make time to read. In the past 4 years I have read a lot of books. From meditation, novels, business books, creativity to neuroscience. Reading has helped me grow in a way that nothing else has. And it doesn’t have to be an hour a day, sometimes I read for as short as 5-10 minutes.
Before realising the effects of reading, it always seemed a chore – but I now love it, because I have experienced what it contributes to professional growth, personal growth and relationships. It feeds your brain and your soul. It creates escapism. It helps create new ideas, gives insight to new worlds, positively challenges thinking and defines moments. Being a creative, it has helped me develop skills, articulate ideas, grow in confidence, influence concepts and draw upon references.
It helps me be able to reference things, because I absorb myself in books and learning (or escape the world with a novel). Insight is value. It helps you grow. It creates energy, drive and forward thinking. If there is one thing I would recommend being a creative, reading is it.
To deal with change, we must commit to looking after our wellbeing and take each day at a time. Our friend Lou Willis-Keeler, a behavioural and wellbeing consultant from Psych-logical has kindly written some top tips for us to share with you. Grab a brew, take some time out and find some very practical how-to tips!
In 2018, over 400,000 young people in the UK were accepted onto a degree
course. 66% of Millennials want to run their own
business and the figure for Generation Z is estimated to be even higher. Our
generations are more career focussed than ever. But, how do we stand out?