On December 15th, 2010 The Art Institute of Washington held it’s quarterly portfolio show. Myself along with many other students enjoyed the feeling of holding a college degree or certification. AIW is not like most schools where as long as you pass your classes you graduate! Instead the students prepare a portfolio of work and build a booth to display their work. During the graduation day potential employers, family, and friends are invited to see our hard work pay off. As a Graphic Design major I am partial to the torture professors put us through in that particular department. In the end all the tears, sweat, late nights, creative strain, preparation leaves us here.
Where is here exactly? Well, for most this is a place where you are excited to have a degree, but crossing your fingers too soon find a job. For Winter graduates the job search can be easily put on stall, because of the approaching season. Graduating ten days before Christmas is a great gift for parents, but a pressure cooker situation for young professionals. Where do you look? Who do you call? Where do you go?
Looking for a job in the design field can easily start on the internet. Most employers post on many websites to find potential employees. Remember, the early bird gets the worm. Waiting until the day after graduation is not where to start off their future career. Start looking for jobs as soon you are sure you are graduating! AIW has a great Career Services Department, which helps students and alumni find work.
As a former independent student I remind fellow peers to never be too good for any job. Starting off with a good paying job, which is not in your field is not worst thing. If you have money in your pocket and bills are being paid you should be happy. BUT, keep searching for jobs related to your field. You can always turn in your notice!
Below are a list of websites, which will greatly help in your job search:
Along with receiving a degree you start to realize that real life has began. Ideas such as savings, retirement, loans, professional organizations, monthly budgets, investing, and health insurance should all be swirling somewhere in your mind. Your are never too young to start thinking and building toward these things.
Let me know about your job search experiences!