After reading the Smashing Magazine article Career Advice For Graduating Web Design Students, here are the main points and excerpts that I consider most important
What is the problem?
When planning a website or any kind of project, it is important to have goals and objectives.
“One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received as a web professional is that an amazing design that doesn’t solve any problems is not as valuable as an adequate design that addresses the company’s problems and improves their business” (Girard, 2014).
Without goals and objectives, a project is pointless, because it has no end, and by definition, it would cease to exist as a project. Therefore, when planning a design project, consider the goals and objectives- what problem are you trying to solve?
“One of the best ways to ensure that your ideas are taken seriously is to tie them to actual business solutions. A suggestion for a particular approach, like responsive design, or an explanation for why you’ve made certain design choices will be better received if you show how they will solve specific problems”
Take the ‘challenging’ Road Less Travelled by
The web industry continues to grow in unique directions as more people discover its possibility and potential.
“The web industry is not a single road. You can take many different routes, and those routes are often opportunities to grow. But they also likely entail change for you. Don’t allow fear of change or uncertainty about new responsibilities to keep you from growing” (Girard, 2014).
For example, there are more and more apps and websites targeted toward health and education. Needs of the industry change with new technology platforms like tablets and smartphones and new and growing audiences of users, like older people.
“Learn to recognize that some paths you encounter are detours and not right for you, while others are opportunities to be seized upon. Be mindful of these opportunities, be open to change, and be willing to challenge yourself” (Girard, 2014).
Therefore, when you think about what you can do for a career, consider how you can adapt to these changing needs and take the road less travelled by.The Road Not Taken TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost
Reference: Jeremy Girard. Career Advice For Graduating Web Design Students. Smashing Magazine. 18 June 2014. Web. 13 June 2014. <http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/06/13/career-advice-for-graduating-web-design-students/>
In more ways than you may think!
According to a 2013 United Health survey of more than 3000 U.S. adults “80% of people who volunteered in the past 12 months report feeling a sense of control over their health” (p.5).
“Volunteers say that they feel they have control over their health. Our study showed that volunteers, compared to non-volunteers consider themselves more knowledgeable about their health and chronic conditions. They are more likely to actively seek out information about their health, they discuss their health with their doctor more frequently than do non-volunteers, and will bring up information they have found in their research with their doctor. Volunteers are more engaged health care consumers. Engaged people make better health care decisions. Better health care decisions result in better health. It’s all good” (United Health Group, 2013, p.5).
In this research, I have identified a connection to my 2012 study, which showed that people with a high locus of control are more likely to use websites to research health matters and assess this experience as positive.
People are busy today and sometimes it might feel like modern technology only makes us busier. But, fortunately, these advances in technology have also made volunteering more accessible in a few ways:
Options have become more diverse and interesting: search for monsters, ghosts, and aliens, and feel good about doing it!
Besides making the world a better place, you are also building experience and widening your network of contacts.
Start improving your life and your health by volunteering today!
Follow my twitter feed to find out about new online positions everyday: https://twitter.com/volunteeronline
Dr. Natalie Hruska
Reference: Doing Good is Good for You. 2013 Health and Volunteering Study. United Health Group. 2013. Web. 14 May 2014.
If you have been busy and have amassed a body of work that you consider ‘portfolio quality’, the next step is to prepare your pieces for public viewing. You might build your portfolio in a class or have already started a website to showcase your work: websites, graphic designs, and multimedia pieces. However, the portfolio website is not the only element you should use to prepare yourself for finding employment in the industry.
Other important steps
Build your brand
Through your logo, color and typographic choices, which will be applied through various media, like your business card. Check out these unconventional designs: http://mashable.com/2013/05/16/crazy-business-cards/
Add your projects (in progress and completed) to Behance- gain followers and be part of a community of other creative artists: http://www.behance.net/
Prepare a video CV
Check out these examples: http://speckyboy.com/2014/03/27/inspiring-creative-designers-video-cvs/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+speckboy-design-magazine+%28Speckyboy+Design+Magazine%29