Jamie Wieck created a list of “The 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know.” The list is so brilliant I felt inclined to share it here. Graphic design student or not, most of these items apply to any graduate. I sorted through the 50 things and hand-selected my favorites to compile a list of “What Every Grad Should Know.”
- Success is not a finite resource. College fosters a zero-sum mentality: that someone has to fail for you to succeed. In truth, another’s success doesn’t limit yours.
- Starting anything requires energy. It takes more energy to start than it does to stop. This is true for physics, your career, and that idea you need to work on.
- The path to work is easier than you think. To get into the industry you need just three things: great work, energy and a nice personality. Many forget the last attribute.
- Have a positive self-image. Your self-perception is your most important asset. See yourself as the person you want to be and others will see this too.
- Get a clean, simple website up. An online portfolio is the alpha and omega of your career. With a wealth of web services, there’s no excuse for not having a website.
- Ask questions. Assume nothing. Ask questions, even if you think you know the answers. You’ll be surprised at how little you know.
- Network. There’s some truth in ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. Talk to people, send emails; at the very least sign up to Twitter.
- There’s no such thing as a bad job. Always push yourself to do your best. Logically, there’s no way you can be dissatisfied with ‘having done your best.’
- Don’t take yourself too seriously. Take your work seriously, take the business of your craft seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously. People who do are laughed at.