Networking is the Key

Well, everyone, here we are at the end of yet another semester. We are all about to start pulling out hair from finals stress and all those last minute projects. But, contrary to what many people think, I have all of my ducks in a row. My notes are all put away from the semester, all projects are finished or on their way to being finished, and I am ready for graduation. What I don’t have, though, is that perfect dream job; I have been job hunting and sending resumes all over the USA but have yet to find a job. I have become discouraged and scared that the only thing I will get to do after graduation is go back to working as a CSR for a small-time franchise. But what I seem to keep forgetting, is that one little thing that everyone tells me, or at least what all my teachers are telling me: everyone wants to help out a recent college graduate.

In today’s world, you need to remember every resource you have and use it to your advantage. I have been very fortunate to have associations who have seen my work and hired me to do some brand identity for them as a freelance graphic designer. I also have been given the great honor of being asked to present at ComicCon in San Diego this summer as a professional. This is a big honor and one of the best things to happen to me, because of the people I will meet and get to network with in my profession, who have the possibility of offering me a job. So, from the fact that I now have experience in my field and have been given a chance to network with the big names in my profession, I know I will get to work as a graphic designer for a company one day. It might take some patience and getting my name out there some more, but I will network and get some more experience so that I can get my dream job working for Pixar Animation Studios and have my name in their next big movie.

By Dorothy Conley