12th March 2020

It has been a whole year since I first started looking for a junior position or graduate role. I had emailed numerous studios, applied for countless positions, went to A LOT of interviews and had spoken to a recruiter. Finding a job is a tiring and over whelming process for anyone in any profession. In design, a lot of creatives get a job through word of mouth and the connections they have. While fair game, it can be a hard pill to swallow after searching for so long.

This month, I was lucky enough to just scrape through an application deadline for a multidisciplinary studio. I was one of the last people they interviewed for a second junior position they were hiring for. For me, the period of time after an interview is the most nerve wracking. I religiously check my phone and refresh my email thinking ‘it might have gone to spam’, and self doubt slowly creeps in. However, I had a positive outcome and as of March 30th, I will be a freelancing at this studio. Although, not a permanent position, I will be there for 3 months so hopefully that can change in the future. Regardless, I am incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity.

I know there will be a creative reading this questioning the universe as to when their opportunity will present itself. And while I don’t think I am in a position to give job advice (after all, I literally just got one myself) but what I would say is, don’t let someone else's good fortune become a way for you to compare yourself in a negative way. I shared a snippet of some positions I had applied for in my previous post, and I would love to continue to share the reality of job hunting in the design industry. If anyone wants to reach out and tell me about their job hunting experience thus far you can get in touch here. I don’t want to scare people out of being creative, I just wish there was more transparency in our industry about job vacancy back when I first left uni.

Stay healthy, happy and connected during this time.

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