I’ve asked three junior creatives I respect to answer the question “If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your job-seeking student self?” Each one is at a great agency. Each one is very talented. And each one was putting their book together and looking for a job just a few months ago.
Making the transition from student to professional is tough. I’m still trying to figure it out. But there are a few things I’ve learned along the way.
There are so many beautiful, gracious people out there to meet and learn from. When you’re humble and your approach is open, it’s easier to find these people. When you’re egocentric, people will probably avoid you at all costs.
Once you get that job, it’s easy to act like you know everything. The difficult thing is to ask questions and admit that you’re new to this. It will be extremely awkward at first, but I find that most people are more than happy to show you how things work and give you tips on how you can be the best at what you do.
Don’t forget to feed your soul.
This is one I’ve always tried to live by, but once I started working I got so busy that I almost forgot about it. As a result, negativity and unhappiness started to creep in – and negativity is the kryptonite of creativity.
It sounds like an easy one, but might actually be the most difficult. You want to find an agency that appreciates you for who you are. It will make your job much more enjoyable.
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Very nice, thoughtful response.