In December 2008 I graduated from ASU with a degree in Design Management. The economy was dreadful and I was lucky to already have a job at a company I had worked for over the past year. My job wasn’t in design, it was in grassroots marketing for an athletic company. In January 2012 I left the company I spent nearly 5 years working. The day I left was liberating and terrifying since I had zero plans.
I spent the first month looking and interviewing for jobs around the country. At some point I realized I needed to be choosy of the job, not just them in regards to hiring me. So I turned down a couple offers in places I hope to never live, ahem LA. At this time I also realized I didn’t want a lateral move and ultimately I wanted to better myself by going back to school.
Graphic Design seemed like the right choice. I continue to say, I want to go into product design and I believe a masters in graphic design will help me get there. And it might or I need to alter my path slightly!
Over the years I had made the switch from high-fashion to interior design to athletic gear design to graphic design. I have been enthralled with my Graphic Design courses and I began asking my graduating friends the annoying question of, what are you going to do NOW? I know it’s obnoxious, but I’m curious as to how they’re going to turn their degree into a job. The most common answers have been either a print shop or agency.
This is when I realized I have very little desire to work in print. And this is where I had a cow.
WAIT… don’t leave me here! I don’t want to deal with just paper… I want to work with textiles and create products! That new running shoe, yeah, I want to design that! Or that new hydration pack, my design, no.big.deal. Am I running out of time? What am I going to do? OMG OMG OMG!
Once I got that out of my system I felt a bit better and able to get my bearings. I have options! And I think I just need to combine an Associates Degree in Graphic Design with Interior Design with Architecture and then I’ll have the skills I’m looking for and be capable of doing what I dream of doing. Which would be designing products! Not daunting at all, eh?
It’s time to seek out help. To venture further outside my little bubble and see who I will meet and what kind of opportunities I can create.