Could it be, is it true? Yes indeed! Spring quarter has ended and for some of you lucky ones, summer break peaks around the corner. For the rest of us, summer quarter commences like clockwork.
As we venture further into the world of Interior Design and Architecture, we may find that certain points in the journey have not gone as smoothly as we intended. Sure, design is fun, but what if we just don’t feel like it some days, or sometimes the road to success seems so long? How do you best circumvent these unwanted emotions?
Well, contrary to popular belief, these emotions are important and should actually be welcomed with open arms. Studies have shown that certain amounts of anxiety and uncertainty, push and lead us to greater success in the future. Delayed satisfaction is always better than instant gratification. It sets higher expectations and helps one fight through the detours. This month, after attending the Neocon convention in Chicago, three days of meeting the industry’s top designers and architects, led to some very informative insights. When it comes to work, life and everything in-between, design professionals seemed to all agree on the following three top tips:
- Love people, work well with teams, and have empathy when it comes to others. Remember that the design world is a small and concentrated community. Everyone knows everyone, people refer those that work well and deliver, and defer those who just simply don’t. Be assertive, but respectful and professional at all times. Also, get out and interact with some interesting folks.
- Explore different avenues of design, don’t settle for just one firm or one specialization. Try a few different internships at small, medium, and big firms. Explore the sales and business-side of design. You never know, you may start by preferring one, but actually falling in love with another. However, once started, stay with a job for a minimum of one year, too much “jumping ship” only inhibits your professionalism.
- Stand out by constantly updating your portfolio and resume. Remember, simplicity is key, good graphic coordination and “the process” concepts are integral for job placements. On average, HR spends 20-30 seconds per portfolio, don’t decrease this window of opportunity with spelling mistakes or distracting graphics. In fact, ask a graphic designer to review your work. Later this year, we will be offering a Portfolio Workshop event, so keep your eyes out!
If you place these three ideas top of mind while mixing them with your own insights, you will be on the right track in no time! On that note, in celebration of design, summer and of course, people, July’s special event will be: Design Talks & Drinks at Laurel & Wolf. Featured in Entrepreneur, Glamour and TechCrunch, Laurel & Wolf is the face and new generation of design. They are a Los Angeles based design and tech company that leverages the online world as a tool for designers. On Saturday July 18th, join us for a summer afternoon of appetizers and drinks. Seebelow for more information. Mingle with the CEO and the company’s top designers, get to know their trade secrets and create your own!
Until next time,
President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board