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Advice for graduating students


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How to position yourself for success after graduation. Find your passion, determine your differentiating factor and commit to a rewarding career in interior design.

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Advice for graduating students

  1. 1. Your career.Your future. Discover and apply your passion
  2. 2. “ I have no special talents.I am passionately curious.” ~ Albert Einstein
  4. 4. -1.6 Monthly -1.8 -2.0 -2.2 State of Construction Apr-02 Oct-02 Apr-05 Oct-05 Oct-07 Apr-08 Oct-08 Oct-10 Apr-11 Apr-01 Oct-01 Apr-03 Oct-03 Apr-04 Oct-04 Apr-06 Oct-06 Apr-07 Apr-09 Oct-09 Apr-10 Oct-11 Apr-12 Jan-01 Jan-04 Jan-07 Jan-10 Jan-02 Jan-03 Jan-05 Jan-06 Jan-08 Jan-09 Jan-11 Jan-12 Jul-01 Jul-03 Jul-06 Jul-09 Jul-02 Jul-04 Jul-05 Jul-07 Jul-08 Jul-10 Jul-11Your career * All size data included in the ADP National Employment Report is based on size of payroll. In some cases, small and medium-size payrolls belong to businesses employing more workers than indicated by the size grouping. Source: Automatic Data Processing, Inc., Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC. Chart 4. Monthly Changes of Employment in Construction and Financial Activities April 2012 100 50 Financial Activities Thousands 0 -50 -100 Construction -150 Jul.03 Jan.04 Jul.04 Jan.05 Jul.05 Jan.06 Jul.06 Jan.07 Jul.07 Jan.08 Jul.08 Jan.09 Jul.09 Jan.10 Jul.10 Jan.11 Jul.11 Jan.12 Source: Automatic Data Processing, Inc., Macroeconomic Advisers, About the ADP National Employment Report ® The ADP National Employment Report ® , sponsored by ADP®, was developed and is maintained
  6. 6. Your career Job Outlook Data obtained from Bureau of Labor Statistics “Employment of interior designers is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Designers will be needed to respond to consumer expectations that the interiors of homes and offices meet certain conditions, such as being environmentally friendly or more easily accessible.”
  7. 7. Your career Average Pay Data obtained from Bureau of Labor Statistics Median annual wage for interior designers in architectural, engineering, and related services was $51,990 in May 2010, • Architectural, engineering, and related services $51,990 • Specialized design services $45,280 • Construction $44,350 • Furniture and home furnishings stores $40,320 • Building material and supplies dealers $38,720
  8. 8. What are you good at?
  9. 9. Your career Differentiators • graphic software knowledge • photography skills • advanced design software skills • social media understanding and applicable experience • reliable team member • writing/communications skills • task-oriented drive • sales-driven personality • business acumen
  10. 10. Your career STRENGTH FINDER • Competition • Achiever • Ideation
  11. 11. Your career Self-Assessment Get to Know Yourself Start your journey by understanding yourself and your relationship with your community and your world. Being simply true to yourself is not enough. You are one but only one, surrounded by your family, friends, and the world at large. Innovation needs to start with you, but involves more than you. Leave the “I” behind and start thinking about “We.” www.innovationyou/assessments
  12. 12. What are you not so good at?
  13. 13. Your career The Brand of You • Know your brand (Passion, values, strengths, story) • Share your story (Tell everyone you know) • Don’t sit at your desk all day (Interact, build a brand) • Invest time and money in your brand (“I see you everywhere” effect) • Leverage social media and networking (We all have the same amount of time – time is no excuse! )
  15. 15. Your career Online presence - digital portfolio ~ Folio Link
  16. 16. Your career Online presence - digital portfolio ~ Behance
  17. 17. Your career Online presence - digital portfolio
  18. 18. Your career Online presence - digital resume ~ Visual CV
  19. 19. Your career Online presence - LinkedIn profile
  20. 20. Your career Online presence - other resources ~ Brazen Careerist
  22. 22. Your career Knowing people ASID Chamber of Commerce Network IIDA NKBA WGBA
  23. 23. GOOD LUCK Jenny S. Schrank Aga Artka p: 414/405-3011 p:414/