Get savvy with your money
Be organised when it comes to number crunching. Know your worth and work out your day and hourly rate: What do you expect to earn in the first year? In my view, the business studies element is sadly not discussed enough within arts education and can leave recent graduates floundering. But there are a lot of forums online now so it’s worth trawling through, and discussing this with your peers and tutors. Don’t feel awkward for bringing up the topic of fees – this is what we do for a living, even if we happen to enjoy it too.
Most things start with an email
From my own experience of receiving emails from those starting out, I like to see a web link, as well as a bespoke PDF attachment. I tend to lose the emails sent at certain times of the day – especially on a Friday afternoon or in the middle of a busy day. Personally, early morning suits as the day may not have begun in earnest for that prospective employer.
This applies to working with clients generally; it’s not cool receiving emails late into the night or on the weekend. You need to set boundaries. By all means formulate things at the weekend if needs be, but be sure to send only during work hours.
Get stuck in and trust your gut
Lastly – use your gut instincts, be friendly and curious, provide a firm handshake, be presentable (but comfortable) and don’t be shy – we all learn the most by getting stuck in.
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