These last seven months have been a whirlwind of learning more about myself and the working world. Just add a dash of or two of sugar, spice, and everything nice and that sums up my pretty sweet experience as a junior designer at Studio Simpatico. Thought I would share a couple tidbits for others either entering or currently in a similar role.
Gain some Jedi mind tricks
There is a certain dance that comes with guiding your clients in the right direction. Maybe it is educating them on best practices, how your design process works or convincing them that their groundbreaking idea might not be ideal. On the flip side, challenge yourself and the client to discover the core issue and find their tailor-made solution. Ask questions to get more clarity about what they truly need.
Don’t forget to speak up
More times than not, over-communication is not a problem. There is no such thing as a stupid question in those discovery meetings and other client sessions. Keep that same energy during team standups, design reviews, and other internal meetings. Your team values your input (why else would they hire you).
Embrace your imperfections
And they hired you knowing you do not know everything, so ask for feedback. They can point out things you did not notice and push you to reach your potential. Speaking of potential, find time during the week to hone your craft. A simple Google search will provide plenty of tutorials, courses, articles, and other resources for you to continue with tinkering some different skills.
Track your workweek
Need to see what tasks you were able to complete or finish up? Use Harvest, Todoist, or what have you to assess what has been done or needs to be done. Maybe you could even be utilizing your time better. If you find yourself twiddling your thumbs, take a task off someone’s plate or create time to better and grow your skill set.
Remember to be kind
Check your ego at the door because just like your clients’ ideas are not always the greatest, your’s can too. This does not mean to keel over, but truly have a good reason for why your solution works the best if you really feel that strongly. These individuals will be apart of your everyday life, so get to know them. Work is so much more enjoyable when you have friends or at least good rapport (they may point your silent laughing is not subtle at all).
Choose what you wish to do with this as you please. Hopefully, at least one of these hits home to you.