Picking up the (work) pace
Being in New York, the biggest challenge has been the intensity of the work and pace of life in comparison to when I was studying at Brighton. You have a lot less time and need to get things done much quicker, which I think is a really important skill to learn and have. But it’s been great; intense at times but in a good way. I’m constantly learning new things; a lot of which you can’t – and don’t – get taught whilst studying at university. For example, working with big clients and fast-moving deadlines, the production process, meetings and time scheduling. Basically getting a real insight and learning how the design industry actually works.
Planning and budgeting rule
Financially I’ve been fine but this has been purely down to budgeting my money well, otherwise it would be really difficult being in New York where most expenses are super-high. After graduating I managed to get some money behind me, which helped a lot with the visa and the move to New York. I guess it’s common sense, obviously depending on how much you’re earning, but if you’re interning you really have to be careful with budgeting and keeping track of what you have – and definitely don’t go spending what you don’t have.
The design world is interconnected
I didn’t have any first-hand help in getting a position at 2x4, because I personally didn’t know anyone connected to the studio or, for that case, even in New York. But networking and social media definitely helped a lot in finding contacts, and seeing who’s connected with who. It helped me to collect the information I needed to be applying to the studios that I really liked. I thought the design world was so much bigger, and in a way, pretty intimidating. But in reality it’s actually much smaller than I imagined. It’s surprising how connected everyone is.
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