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Creating a Great Career

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Presented at FITC Toronto 2017
More info at http://fitc.ca/event/to17/

Dave Benton, metajive

Overview

With a life mission of creating great experiences one of the best ways Dave can help others is by providing guidance on careers. We spend about 1/3 of our lives working so we better get everything we can out of it. Designers are a fortunate group of people who can gain personal satisfaction through craft, and affect greater change in their environments. This talk takes a broad look at creating a “successful” career ranging from happiness and job satisfaction, to charting career trajectory and communicating business goals while navigating client feedback. With design, business and client management advice taken from great design thinkers (Paula Scher, Simon Sinek, Scott Belsky, David Baker and Stefan Sagmeister) Dave will provide an overview of how to be the best at every aspect of crafting your design career.

Target Audience

Any designer who works for a living

Five Things Audience Members Will Learn

Achieving the right job fit
Crafting your role in an organization
Maximizing your long term paycheck
How to control the design discussion to create great work
Understand how clients perceive value

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Creating a Great Career

  1. 1. CREATING A GREAT CAREER FITC ·APRIL 21, 2017
  2. 2. DO YOU KNOW YOURS? YOUR WHY IS THE PURPOSE, CAUSE, OR BELIEF THAT INSPIRES YOU
  3. 3. WHAT YOU ARE WORKING FOR
  4. 4. WHAT YOUR WORKING ON
  5. 5. CREATING A GREAT CARRER (power of 10 clip 3) WHAT YOUR WORKING ON NOW
  6. 6. WHAT IS A GREAT CAREER?
  7. 7. GET THAT 🧀
  8. 8. PROVIDE VALUE
  9. 9. TO BE EXCELLENT WE CANNOT SIMPLY THINK OR FEEL EXCELLENT WE MUST ACT EXCELLENTLY. ARISTOTLE “SEEK EXCELEN CE
  10. 10. FIND JOY
  11. 11. FIND JOY
  12. 12. WORK SLEEP EVERYTHING ELSE 🙃 # 🎉 😴 FIND JOY
  13. 13. #TGIM FIND JOY
  14. 14. MONDAY IS NOT THE DAY TO BE BACK AT THE GRINDSTONE. MONDAY IS THE DAY TO BE BACK AT YOUR PASSION. IF YOU'RE WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. KICK ASS. EVERY DAY. NICK CAMPBELL, FOUNDER, GREYSCALE GORILLA “
  15. 15. JOB, CAREER, OR CALLING DO YOU HAVE A FIND JOY
  16. 16. PEOPLE WITH A CALLING VIEW WORK AS AN END IN ITSELF; THEIR WORK IS FULFILLING… THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GENERALLY MORE LIKELY TO GET AHEAD.SHAWN ACHOR, HARVARD POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR “
  17. 17. THERE ARE DOCTORS WHO SEE THEIR WORK ONLY AS A JOB, AND JANITORS WHO SEE THEIR WORK AS A CALLING. NICK CAMPBELL, FOUNDER, GREYSCALE GORILLA “
  18. 18. • FIND JOY LOVE THE PROCESS LAUNCH DAY LAUNCH DAY FIND JOY
  19. 19. • FIND JOY FIND JOY
  20. 20. FIND JOY
  21. 21. FIND JOY FIND BALANCE
  22. 22. FIND JOY FIND BALANCE
  23. 23. THIS SHOULD NOT BE LIMITED TO YOUR WORK (AS IN BEING HAPPY WITH YOUR JOB). FINDING JOY IN LIFE MAKES FOR MORE INTERESTING PEOPLE AND MORE INTERESTING PEOPLE MAKE MORE INTERESTING WORK.TONY WEI, VICE PRESIDENT, SENIOR DIGITAL PRODUCER, CRAMER-KRASSELT “
  24. 24. FIND JOY
  25. 25. • FIND JOY ELLE FIND JOY
  26. 26. SHANE MIELKE, ALL AROUND BAD ASS “Love what you do. If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life. But be careful not to let what you love rule your life. It’s easy to overwork when you’re having fun being creative to the point that you don’t have a real life outside of work.
  27. 27. SEEK EXCELLENCE
  28. 28. HOW YOU DO ANYTHING IS HOW YOU DO EVERYTHING
  29. 29. HOW YOU DO ANYTHING IS HOW YOU DO EVERYTHING
  30. 30. SEEK EXCELLE NCE
  31. 31. SEEK EXCELLE NCE #KANYEMODE
  32. 32. SEEK EXCELLE NCE #WWKD SEEK EXCELLE NCE
  33. 33. SEEK EXCELLE NCE SEEK EXCELLE NCE
  34. 34. SEEK EXCELLE NCE ALL THE WAY UP
  35. 35. SEEK EXCELLE NCE
  36. 36. “WHY DON’T WE TRY” SEEK EXCELLE NCE
  37. 37. SEEK EXCELLE NCE
  38. 38. SEEK EXCELLE NCE PRESENT YOUR OWN WORK
  39. 39. FAIL F SEEK EXCELLE NCE
  40. 40. PROVIDE VALUE
  41. 41. PROVIDE VALUE SET THE AGENDA when you decide whats being talked about you control the conversation
  42. 42. PROVIDE VALUE SET THE AGENDA
  43. 43. PROVIDE VALUE TAKE NOTES
  44. 44. TAKE NOTES PROVIDE VALUE ACTION ITEMS
  45. 45. TAKE NOTES PROVIDE VALUE ACTION ITEMS DECISION MADE
  46. 46. TAKE NOTES PROVIDE VALUE ACTION ITEMS DECISION MADE OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS
  47. 47. TAKE NOTES PROVIDE VALUE ACTION ITEMS DECISION MADE OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS KEY INFORMATION SHARED
  48. 48. PROVIDE VALUE
  49. 49. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU
  50. 50. PROVIDE VALUE MAKE A BUSINESS CASE every project has a goal, so as you speak about a project every decision should have a reason relating to that goal.
  51. 51. PROVIDE VALUE MAKE A BUSINESS CASE every project has a goal, so as you speak about a project every decision should have a reason relating to that goal. 🔑
  52. 52. PROVIDE VALUE LEARN TO PITCH
  53. 53. GET THAT 🧀
  54. 54. CASH IS OXYGEN FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION GARY VENERCHUCK, THAT BUSINESS PODCAST GUY “
  55. 55. • GET THAT 🧀 UNDERSTAND YOUR BOSSES BONUS GET THAT 🧀
  56. 56. GET THAT 🧀 STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4 GOAL
  57. 57. GET THAT 🧀 STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4 GOAL
  58. 58. $ $$$$$ 🤑 STAYING PUT JUMPING AROUND 😐 GET THAT 🧀
  59. 59. H E L P GET THAT 🧀
  60. 60. • PROVIDE VALUE TIP NO. 1 Understand how the company is making money or missed opportunities and how you can contribute.
  61. 61. GET THAT 🧀
  62. 62. LET’S RAP IT UP RAP IT UP 🎤
  63. 63. FIND JOY SEEK EXCELLENCE PROVIDE VALUE GET THAT 🧀
  64. 64. SEEK EXCELLENCE PROVIDE VALUE GET THAT 🧀 FIND JOY
  65. 65. 🧀 GET THAT SEEK EXCELLENCE PROVIDE VALUE 🧀 FIND JOY
  66. 66. SEEK EXCELLENCE PROVIDE VALUE GET THATGET THAT FIND JOY 🧀
  67. 67. FIND JOY SEEK EXCELLENCE PROVIDE VALUE GET THAT 🧀
  68. 68. JOE STEWART, PARTNER, DESIGN, WORK & CO “Some advice I wish I had when I was getting started is the idea that this is a slow burn. Design careers are long. There is no hurry. You can be 40 or 50 or 60 and still producing great design work. All my favorite designers didn't get really great until late into their career, so, relax a bit and try to make decisions based on a longer timeline. If you can slow down and not worry so much about that next promotion or title change, or next job. Don't take that job that pays 20% more but you like 50% less. You have time, and the way to get everything you want: good work, good position, good pay, is to build up a consistent track record of putting out great things – and doing it in a way where people like working with you. Three things should be your focus: are you working on the kind of thing you want to be working on, is your output high quality, are you able to do your job in a friendly & ethical way. If you do those three things, in 20 years you'll be solid fucking gold. I know, nobody wants to hear about some long ass timeline like that, but that's what design careers look like, if you're any good – and thats a gift. Vignelli was designing until the day he died – we should all be so lucky. So – slow the fuck down. The current fashion of "sell out as fast as possible, get VC and burn yourself to death, fuck over anyone who gets in the way" is not sustainable, or good for design, or a good life. Take your time. It's much, much, much more valuable to have good experience than a fancy title or a bigger paycheck. You will get those things 10 fold if you take your time and do it right and focus on your craft, and your process.
  69. 69. THANK YOU METAJIVE.COM
  70. 70. @METAJIVE @LIFEASDAVE DAVE@METAJIVE .COM METAJIVE.COM

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