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advice column


Recently I’ve been getting contacted by design students and recent grads asking questions about job getting and internships etc. I am no pro on this subject and think they are reaching out mostly because I work at Mother New York and they are interested in Mother Design. But I do know a little bit about working, job searching, and real life so I try to answer and advise as best as I can…

Back in 2015 I participated in a round table type panel discussion for current students during Pratt’s Alumni Day. It was cool to meet other alumni and see what they were up to—I feel like I may have gotten even more out of it than the current students. For the round table I had made handouts with suggestions and tips for newly minted worker bees (& everyone else) and thought I’d dust them off and share them here.

They are best practices/what we all should be doing, but it can be really hard to make yourself actually follow through. It takes a whole lot of work and oftentimes Netflix is much more appealing or you have another job to do! But it feels good to review this list now and think about what I could be doing, even if only a little bit, better. I’d love to hear any other advice you would give and/or good tips to help with actually following through.