Ever wish you could travel back in time and give yourself a few tips before entering the job market? We asked our recent grad, Seth Loomis, our youngest and newest employee, what he wished he had known before joining the workforce. Here are a few of the lessons he learned on the job, not in the classroom.
What did you learn after starting at VIA that you were surprised wasn’t covered in your classes? Motion graphics. Everything in my graphics design classes was focused on your typical marketing materials: posters, magazines, etc. Adding the element of motion was something I had to adapt to quickly when coming to VIA.
What do you feel is the biggest misconception of recent graduates upon entering the workforce? Life doesn’t revolve around you. Quit complaining and get the job done.
What do you wish you had known before starting school? Before starting school, I wish I had taken the time to do more research on the local film industry, and to talk with the producers. It would have been great to have their opinions on which schools in-town to attend, what classes and networking events to go to and take.
What are your top 5 tips for a recent college graduate who’s starting their first real job?
- If you don’t know, ask. Everyone makes mistakes from time-to-time, but if you aren’t 100% certain on something, it’s always better to ask for clarity.
- Don’t expect continuous affirmation. It’s the real world and everyone is trying to get their own job done. Don’t expect to be praised every time you complete an assigned task. That’s the expectation.
- Don’t take criticism personally. Everyone is busy and they don’t always have time to craft the nicest way to let you know you’ve made a mistake. Take the feedback and learn from it.
- There’s a learning curve. No one expects you to know everything when you walk in your first day. You might think you do, but they already know you don’t.
- Make yourself useful. It’s as close to job security as you can get. Never underestimate the value of hard work and a good attitude.