What Every Grad Should Know

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.



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