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YOU’VE GOT
OPTIONS
NATALIE SEMCZUK
@TALKANATALKA
AIGAUPSTNY PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP
HELLO!
I’M NATALIE:
PROJECT MANAGER, TECH LEAD, FORMER GRAPHIC
DESIGNER, FREELANCER, REMOTE CONTRACTOR, CAT
LOVER, PAJAMA ...
I’VE WORKED
WITH:
AGENCIES, DESIGN STUDIOS, DEV SHOPS, A PAPER
MANUFACTURER, A UNIVERSITY, AND NOW MYSELF.
IN SCHOOL,
YOU LEARN A LOT ABOUT AGENCY OR STUDIO LIFE, BUT
NOT NECESSARILY HOW TO GET THERE YOURSELF.
WHEN I
GRADUATED,
I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING.
SO HERE’S
WHAT I’VE
FOUND
USEFUL
(EVEN LONG AFTER GRADUATING)
AGENCIES
STRUCTURE
CREATIVE
MARKETING
CLIENT SERVICES
MEDIA PLANNING
INTERNAL SERVICES (HR, TRAFFIC, FINANCE)
EVEN MORE
STRUCTURE
DESIGNER (JUNIOR/SENIOR)
ART DIRECTOR
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
COPY WRITER
STRATEGIST
PROJECT MANAGER
TRAFFIC...
GENERALLY…
IT’S PROBABLY WHAT YOU WENT TO SCHOOL FOR!
FAST-PACED
EXCITING
INTERESTING WORK
SPECIALIZATION
SURROUNDED BY OT...
CONSIDER…
OPENINGS MIGHT BE HARD TO COME BY
GENERALLY NEED SOME EXPERIENCE
FAST-PACED (AKA BURN OUT)
NOT ALWAYS RECOGNIZED...
GET INVOLVED
LOCALLY
GO TO MEETUPS!
UPSTATE NY AIGA
LEVELUPSTATE.ORG
CREATE UPSTATE 2015
MEETUP.COM
FOLLOW PEOPLE ON
TWITTER
IN-HOUSE
COMPANIES
NON-PROFITS
COLLEGES OR SCHOOLS
MANUFACTURING
LOCAL BUSINESSES
BIG CORPORATIONS
SMALL COMPANIES
STARTUPS
ETC
GENERALLY…
FOCUS ON ONE BRAND
BREADTH OF EXPERIENCE
LESS FRANTIC PACE
NOT CLIENT-DRIVEN
MORE RESOURCES
CAN TRY LOTS OF PRO...
CONSIDER…
SMALLER TEAM
MORE RIGID STRUCTURE OR GUIDELINES
STRATEGIES AND FOCUS MAY CHANGE SUDDENLY
ACCOUNTABILITY
SHOWING ...
GET
INVOLVED
GET INVOLVED IN YOUR INTERESTS
LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVENTS
COLLEGE/NON-PROFIT INTERNSHIPS
MORE MEETUPS! ...
FREELANCE
CONSIDER…
CONTRACTS
RATES
REPORTING TAXES
TRACKING EXPENSES
EXPECTATIONS
NEEDS
COMMUNICATION
ROLE OF OTHER FREELANCERS OR ...
WHAT PEOPLE
LOOK FOR
RATES
RELIABILITY
EXPERIENCE
WORD OF MOUTH
RECOMMENDATIONS
FIND CLIENTS
WORD OF MOUTH!
MEETUPS, FRIENDS/FAMILY, FORMER EMPLOYERS, FRIENDS,
LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AREA COMPANIES ...
FREELANCERSUNION.ORG
BLOG.BENCH.CO
TRYZEN99.COM/BLOG
CONTENTLY.NET
BUSINESSOLOGY SHOW
THE ART OF VALUE
BIZCRAFT
THE FREELANCE PODCAST
LADIES IN TECH
REMOTE
OPTIONS
ALL REMOTE COMPANY
GEOGRAPHICALLY-BASED COMPANY WITH SOME
CONTRACTORS
GENERALLY….
FLEXIBLE
LIVE ANYWHERE
WORK ANYWHRE
NO COMMUTE
CONTROLLED INTERRUPTIONS
LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES
CONSIDER…
HARDER TO BE HIRED WITH NO EXPERIENCE
EASIER TO WORK LONGER HOURS
NEED SOLID COMMUNICATION SKILLS
MIGHT NOT GET ...
LOOK FOR
JOBS
WEWORKREMOTELY.COM
AUTHENTICJOBS.COM (FILTER: REMOTE)
WORKINGNOMADS.CO
DRIBBBLE.COM/JOBS (FILTER: ANYWHERE)
FURTHER…
TALK TO
EVERYONE
HERE!
GOOD LUCK!
NATALIE SEMCZUK
@TALKANATALKA
SEMCZUKN@GMAIL.COM
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You've Got Options

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As a student you don't often get a lot of information on "nontraditional" options available after graduation. This talk will cover the highs, lows, and resources that will help with
- Freelancing
- Remote work
- Agency structures (specifically, the non graphic design positions)
- In-house work

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You've Got Options

  1. 1. YOU’VE GOT OPTIONS NATALIE SEMCZUK @TALKANATALKA AIGAUPSTNY PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP
  2. 2. HELLO! I’M NATALIE: PROJECT MANAGER, TECH LEAD, FORMER GRAPHIC DESIGNER, FREELANCER, REMOTE CONTRACTOR, CAT LOVER, PAJAMA WEARER, ETC
  3. 3. I’VE WORKED WITH: AGENCIES, DESIGN STUDIOS, DEV SHOPS, A PAPER MANUFACTURER, A UNIVERSITY, AND NOW MYSELF.
  4. 4. IN SCHOOL, YOU LEARN A LOT ABOUT AGENCY OR STUDIO LIFE, BUT NOT NECESSARILY HOW TO GET THERE YOURSELF.
  5. 5. WHEN I GRADUATED, I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING.
  6. 6. SO HERE’S WHAT I’VE FOUND USEFUL (EVEN LONG AFTER GRADUATING)
  7. 7. AGENCIES
  8. 8. STRUCTURE CREATIVE MARKETING CLIENT SERVICES MEDIA PLANNING INTERNAL SERVICES (HR, TRAFFIC, FINANCE)
  9. 9. EVEN MORE STRUCTURE DESIGNER (JUNIOR/SENIOR) ART DIRECTOR CREATIVE DIRECTOR COPY WRITER STRATEGIST PROJECT MANAGER TRAFFIC MANAGER PRODUCER ACCOUNT MANAGER ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
  10. 10. GENERALLY… IT’S PROBABLY WHAT YOU WENT TO SCHOOL FOR! FAST-PACED EXCITING INTERESTING WORK SPECIALIZATION SURROUNDED BY OTHERS PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR FIELD
  11. 11. CONSIDER… OPENINGS MIGHT BE HARD TO COME BY GENERALLY NEED SOME EXPERIENCE FAST-PACED (AKA BURN OUT) NOT ALWAYS RECOGNIZED FOR YOUR WORK YOU DON’T DICTATE THE STANDARDS (SOMETIMES)
  12. 12. GET INVOLVED LOCALLY GO TO MEETUPS!
  13. 13. UPSTATE NY AIGA LEVELUPSTATE.ORG CREATE UPSTATE 2015 MEETUP.COM FOLLOW PEOPLE ON TWITTER
  14. 14. IN-HOUSE
  15. 15. COMPANIES NON-PROFITS COLLEGES OR SCHOOLS MANUFACTURING LOCAL BUSINESSES BIG CORPORATIONS SMALL COMPANIES STARTUPS ETC
  16. 16. GENERALLY… FOCUS ON ONE BRAND BREADTH OF EXPERIENCE LESS FRANTIC PACE NOT CLIENT-DRIVEN MORE RESOURCES CAN TRY LOTS OF PROCESSES, TOOLS, APPROACHES
  17. 17. CONSIDER… SMALLER TEAM MORE RIGID STRUCTURE OR GUIDELINES STRATEGIES AND FOCUS MAY CHANGE SUDDENLY ACCOUNTABILITY SHOWING RESULTS
  18. 18. GET INVOLVED GET INVOLVED IN YOUR INTERESTS LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVENTS COLLEGE/NON-PROFIT INTERNSHIPS MORE MEETUPS! (STILL)
  19. 19. FREELANCE
  20. 20. CONSIDER… CONTRACTS RATES REPORTING TAXES TRACKING EXPENSES EXPECTATIONS NEEDS COMMUNICATION ROLE OF OTHER FREELANCERS OR EMPLOYERS
  21. 21. WHAT PEOPLE LOOK FOR RATES RELIABILITY EXPERIENCE WORD OF MOUTH RECOMMENDATIONS
  22. 22. FIND CLIENTS WORD OF MOUTH! MEETUPS, FRIENDS/FAMILY, FORMER EMPLOYERS, FRIENDS, LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AREA COMPANIES OR AGENCIES IN CRUNCH TIME
  23. 23. FREELANCERSUNION.ORG BLOG.BENCH.CO TRYZEN99.COM/BLOG CONTENTLY.NET
  24. 24. BUSINESSOLOGY SHOW THE ART OF VALUE BIZCRAFT THE FREELANCE PODCAST LADIES IN TECH
  25. 25. REMOTE
  26. 26. OPTIONS ALL REMOTE COMPANY GEOGRAPHICALLY-BASED COMPANY WITH SOME CONTRACTORS
  27. 27. GENERALLY…. FLEXIBLE LIVE ANYWHERE WORK ANYWHRE NO COMMUTE CONTROLLED INTERRUPTIONS LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES
  28. 28. CONSIDER… HARDER TO BE HIRED WITH NO EXPERIENCE EASIER TO WORK LONGER HOURS NEED SOLID COMMUNICATION SKILLS MIGHT NOT GET TO KNOW COWORKERS AS WELL YOUR HOME NOW = YOUR OFFICE ALWAYS NEED RELIABLE INTERNET PAY NOT SCALED TO LOCATION
  29. 29. LOOK FOR JOBS WEWORKREMOTELY.COM AUTHENTICJOBS.COM (FILTER: REMOTE) WORKINGNOMADS.CO DRIBBBLE.COM/JOBS (FILTER: ANYWHERE)
  30. 30. FURTHER…
  31. 31. TALK TO EVERYONE HERE!
  32. 32. GOOD LUCK!
  33. 33. NATALIE SEMCZUK @TALKANATALKA SEMCZUKN@GMAIL.COM

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