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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

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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