READ “WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE”
As a graduate student studying Industrial Design, I was not required to take the undergrad professional practice course. Fortunately, I absorbed some of this knowledge through the other students. Most important was the name of the book to read if you want a great job after graduation, “What color is your parachute”. This introduced me to the concepts of networking, writing great targeted letters, and researching companies thoroughly. I practiced these principals and within a few months of graduation I had two compelling offers from which to choose. My guide had an answer to this dilemma as well, choose the firm where you will develop the broadest skill set.
These lessons have also served me well in my own design practice. Though I target myself to the housewares industry, having broad experience has allowed me to take on some interesting projects outside this arena. Writing about what you bring to the table, researching, and network