Have you ever been scared to start something because you felt that your current skill set was not adequate? Maybe your graphic skills were lacking, or your communication skills were just not up to par. Whatever it is, it is that sense of “I’m not yet there” that frightens us and can hold us back.
The simple fact is that these feelings of inadequacy and the confusion over how to start are completely normal. In fact, they are a great opportunity for us to realize that maybe it’s time to learn a new skill, and as long as our intention is there, intention will triumph over talent.
First, be honest and okay with where you currently are. Understand that this is only temporary, and this is the beginning of your journey and design career. From there, make a master list of all the skills/ certifications/work experience that you would like to acquire in your career as a designer. It is said that people who write down their goals, are ten times more successful than people who don’t.
As designers, the industry we work in is so heavily influenced by technology, trends, computer programs, culture, communication, and a myriad of other facets. If for example, you were to set out and decide to obtain your LEED ID+C certification, first establish a strong sense of intention and seek out those who have gone through the certification process. Check out their official website: http://www.usgbc.org/
certification. Most of all, ask questions, research online, plan out a realistic study timeline, and fully understand what materials will be tested.
For some of us, we are just about to finish our studies, and are on our first steps towards creating our portfolio. Yet for such a widely used word, and integral component of our professional careers, many of us do not know where to start. This is a common issue, so don’t fret just yet. Check out some great online websites such as ASID and IIDA. Here is a link that highlights what employers are looking for: https://www.asid.org/sites/
default/files/TIPSFORGRADS.pdf . Speak to your instructors, ask your fellow students and don’t be afraid to ask about what makes a good and enticing portfolio.
This month, we will be featuring a special office tour of Gensler, where everything from industry trends, to portfolio requirements will be discussed, don’t forget to check it out! Click here for more information. In addition, a Portfolio Workshop will be hosted, solely dedicated to reviewing and providing insight on industry expectations for all aspects of the portfolio. Coming to you this October!
With all this being said, whatever new skill or talent you want to achieve, remember: “you can do what you want, but you cannot want what you want.” So as long as you develop the right intention, talent will naturally result as a byproduct.
Until next time,
President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board