Networking Part II

Networking Part II

In my last post I wrote about a couple assignments I have to do for The Washington Center (TWC). I went into detail about the resume review, so today I want to talk about the informational interview. The purpose of this interview is to help us determine the steps needed to be successful in our career fields, to learn what a typical day in a desired career is like, and to gain experience conversing with professionals.

 

Informational Interview

We are required to interview someone who holds a position we might like to have someday. I am a graphic designer, so I interviewed a woman who started her own graphic design business after working in the field for a few years. This is exactly what I have been considering doing and I wanted to hear from her what I could expect.

 

I learned that in the world of graphic design, there is no such thing as a typical day. The woman I interviewed says she typically works on three to eight projects at a time and meets with clients, so every day is different. This was music to my ears because focusing on one project for too long really wears me down. I like to hop from project to project because not only does it keep things interesting and my brain working, it helps me clear my head of a project and return to it later with fresh eyes.

 

My subject also gave me some excellent advice on working with clients, which is something I will be doing constantly when I start my career. She said educating clients about the design process and explaining everything I need, and why, to get the job done is a great way to build trust and establish a strong working relationship.

 

Her comments made me feel really positive about starting my own business. Hers was boosted by clients she had worked with in the past who returned to her with more business, so I was able to gather from this that forming strong working relationships with clients is important to do before starting a business. I think my subject gave me some excellent advice that will put me a step ahead of my peers starting out in the graphic design field. Some advice I will be able to use right away, especially the information about working with clients, because I do freelance design projects occasionally.

 

The most important piece of advice my subject gave me was to stay knowledgeable and stay up-to-date on trends. If you do not, clients will grow bored of your work. I plan to work on this continuously by using my Adobe design software frequently and reading design trend websites.

 

I think this assignment really helped me determine my career options by giving me an excellent insight into what it is like to work in the graphic design field. I know I will return to the advice I received during the interview many times throughout the beginning of my career.

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