Top 10 Tips For Students
Just graduated university or going into your final year? Then this might be the blog post for you!
Jen here! Over a year ago now I recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Communication and have now been lucky enough to be working with Sail for just under a year. I remember my final year being filled with tonnes of excitement to finally finish but also full of anxiety about going into the design world.
To make sure I was ready before graduating, I completed various steps to help me feel prepared but also enable me to stand out from other students. Doing these steps helped me to get into the design industry and be where I am today!
So here are my top 10 tips for students to be industry ready:
Agencies are looking for designers who look professional, know the subject, and produce work to a high quality standard.
There’s nothing worse then starting a job and not having a clue what they are talking about or how to use it.
Get in touch with agencies, creative communities, events, host workshops and offer to volunteer.
Don’t always see feedback as a negative, I know portfolios can feel precious but it’s important to get feedback from agencies / designers who see portfolios daily.
Agencies are constantly seeing portfolios and CVs, so it’s important to stand out, be remembered and get recognised. Make each application bespoke and tailored to the agency.
It may be a digital world but it all starts with a pen and paper.
Employers want a team player. Collaborate, share ideas and work together.
Social media is a main focus for clients now, so if your own isn’t up to scratch, they might not trust you with their own brand.
Be patient, polite and say thank you.
Many agencies are super busy but if they email you back saying they can’t stop for a chat, still say thank you and you appreciate them getting back in touch.
Being polite and saying thank you, might encourage them to put you in touch with people in their network.
Constantly ask your tutor questions, other designers or agencies. Show your interests and that you are eager to learn.
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