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Mind the Gap: Navigating the Space Between College and Career

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Navigating the space between college and career.

Presented at the Upstate NY AIGA Portfolio Building Workshop on 1/28/2014 at The Foundry for Art, Design + Culture in Cohoes, NY.

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Mind the Gap: Navigating the Space Between College and Career

  1. 1. MIND THE GAP NAVIGATING THE SPACE BETWEEN COLLEGE AND CAREER NATALIE SEMCZUK @talkanatalka
  2. 2. I GRADUATED IN 2011 AND JOB SEARCHED FOR ALMOST 10 MONTHS
  3. 3. NOW, I AM A PROJECT MANAGER FOR DIGITAL MARKETING
  4. 4. WHAT I DID AND DIDN’T DO IN COLLEGE
  5. 5. I DIDN’T DO IT ALL RIGHT (OBVIOUSLY)
  6. 6. I DIDN’T HAVE AN INTERNSHIP AT AN AGENCY
  7. 7. I WORKED ON CAMPUS ALL 5 YEARS
  8. 8. SOMETIMES, I HAD WILDLY RELEVANT POSITIONS TO MY FUTURE CAREER
  9. 9. BUT SOMETIMES, NOT SO MUCH
  10. 10. THERE IS A “FORMULA” BUT I FOLLOWED MY OWN
  11. 11. I GRADUATED, NOW WHAT?
  12. 12. I WAS SINGLE, LIVING AT HOME, WITH NO JOB AND A BROKEN BACK (LITERALLY)
  13. 13. I APPLIED, APPLIED, AND APPLIED TO JOBS
  14. 14. I TOLD FRIENDS I WAS LOOKING
  15. 15. I TOLD FAMILY I WAS LOOKING
  16. 16. I TOLD FACEBOOK AND TWITTER REPEATEDLY THAT I WAS LOOKING
  17. 17. IT SORT OF WORKED!
  18. 18. EVERYTHING YOU DO CAN AND WILL MATTER
  19. 19. THINGS I LEARNED
  20. 20. PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF
  21. 21. WORD OF MOUTH WORKS
  22. 22. FOLLOW UP, FOLLOW UP, FOLLOW UP
  23. 23. USE EVERY RESOURCE AVAILABLE TO YOU
  24. 24. TRANSLATE YOUR EXPERIENCE
  25. 25. PEOPLE ARE GENERALLY NICE, BUT LACK TIME
  26. 26. IN CONCLUSION
  27. 27. THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO GET INTO THE INDUSTRY PEOPLE ARE NICE AND WANT TO HELP YOU ASK FOR HELP IF YOU NEED IT FOLLOW UP!!!!
  28. 28. THANK YOU!

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