If you were a child and had severe asthma, and absolutely loved soccer, but found it "too hard" to play a full game, would you give up and just play Fifa 2013 on Xbox? (don't answer that, it's actually really addictive). Honestly, would you think it was impossible to become a professional soccer player with such a terrible respiratory condition? Well, David Beckham didn't. Arguably one of the greatest soccer players in the world, David still has it and has suffered with this since he was a young boy.
Skill is something you can teach and master quite quickly through repetition. Attitude on the other hand stems from values, belief systems and personal rules. It's not so easily taught and is really about a persons concrete way of thinking or feeling, typically reflected in their behavior. You may already know the importance of this, but is it part of your character? Most of the time it's a simple case of having an open mind, taking a step back and seeing the bigger picture. A small shift in perspective like this will not only have employers drawn to you, but you will begin to love challenges and have more energy in your approaches. Below are list of characteristics which will empower you to be more employable. CONTINUE READING
These 6 key points are fundamental in having any chance of getting a response or call back from design studios or agencies. I've made them brief and straight to the point and will have many other posts that discusses each area deeper. Whether you are a design student, a recent design graduate or simply finding it difficult to get a design job, then go through these points and see if you've ticked all the boxes and continue with your pursuit. CONTINUE READING
So you're a student studying a design course at a private college, TAFE or University and are a little worried about how to get a job after you complete your Diploma or Degree. This is all too common and an area that you rightfully so should be concerned about. You'll spend anywhere between 1 to 4 years of your time, money and energy to your design course with the intention that not only will those investments pay itself off, but that you will make a living from a rewarding, exciting and creatively fulfilling career.
In 2010 I was invited by the Martin College Alumni to speak at the graduate show to encourage the up and coming graphic designers by sharing about my experience and give advice on preparing them for their exciting career. Here is a list of the top ten tips I delivered which proves to become increasingly powerful reminders for myself and designer acquaintances.