I have learnt more from my failures than my successes.
You completed your design degree with a spark and wanting to secure a design job, but find yourself stuck. Everything around you seems to move forward except you.
Day after day you hear good news from university colleagues who landed internships and great jobs.
You can’t help it but to feel upset, and begin doubting yourself…
“Why not me. Am I not good enough like the others. Is this it for me…”
All your plans that you’ve dreamt about feel impossible.
You didn’t expect that life after university is going to be this tough.
No Job… just a bag filled with rejections. Rejections that are chipping away at your confidence and self-belief each day.
You begin to lose the spark that you had in your graduation ceremony and fear of time flying by so quickly. Then you do a few surprising steps which gets you exposure and noticed.
If only you knew about these surprising steps. You could have got to where you want to be quicker.
Well, I got 4 surprising steps that will help you…
#1 MENTORSHIP AND COACHING
A good mentor will help you identify your goals, strategy, the obstacles you might face and a plan to get to where you want to go.
They have the knowledge, the know how, the experience and the skills to help you attract companies.
They’ve done it before for other people and they can for you but you’ll need to do the work.
After 3 years of mentorship I gained confidence and marketing knowledge to get myself back on my feet.
I finally believed in myself 100%.
Three years on and Adam Taha is still my mentor and still provides me the time to be able to reach up for guidance.
It is the fast track but it all depends on your mindset. It took time for me to really take in what he was teaching.
That’s why it took some years.
But in the end I saw the benefits and one of them is being able to get a job fast to help pay my bills as I focus on my product design career.
A job by the way that helped me to grow, work with amazing people.
Sure, it’s not product design but I am out there working and going home to produce design work for my website.
#2 LAUNCH YOUR OWN WEBSITE
“Passion and talent alone won’t take you where you want weaam. You need to understand how to market yourself”– Adam Taha
I collaborated with my mentor and we began designing my personal brand website. The strategy and marketing decisions were all made by Adam. He’s been in the marketing industry for over 25 years.
So I was in no position to disagree on things.
But what I did do was…
Become like a sponge. Absorbing everything he taught me.
Your website is a smart way to show case your talent. It’s an opportunity to provide valuable information faster.
It’s more than a business card.
It show cases your specialised skill, your portfolio, CV, new and past product design projects.
It shows passion.
You’re taking ownership.
Combine your website with marketing and you can move faster in letting people see what you have on offer.
Adam Taha helped me design the full website.
But what if you don’t know how to build your website?
That’s where the next surprising thing comes in…
#3 HIRE A WEB DEVELOPER
Adam is partnered with many experts who provide such a service. That’s one of the benefits of having a mentor and a coach.
They’ve already tried and tested who to work with.
I registered on Wayne Hatter’s website (WordPress web developer and coach ) and had many one to one Skype session on WordPress.
Adam Taha designed the strategy and website, and Wayne Hatter built my website (content management).
I still had to add the content but the way it was all designed and built made it so much easier for me to add and edit my content.
They provided the training.
Wayne has his own online university (website) with step by step videos tutorials on how to build your own website (https://www.yourwpmadesimple.com).
It took weeks to watch and learn from Wayne, until I felt confident to add my content up. His courses are simple to follow even the techie ones.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Today I’m still learning how to update the full WordPress website with the latest update version of WordPress.
You’re website acts as a virtual 24/7 asset which you continue to build on. It’s an investment that will pay you back if you know how to market it.
#4 LEVERAGE AND POSITION YOUR TALENT AND EXPERIENCE
When I finished my product design degree it was apply, get rejected, and feel depressed.
This mentality made me believe that I was a failed product designer.
You want to invest time in developing your inner strength and growing as a person. That means investing in knowledge that enables you to win in life and in your career.
The university doesn’t really teach product designers how to market themselves in the real world.
What’s going to get you noticed isn’t your design portfolio, your CV, your talent. It’s sad but it’s true.
Its knowing how to leverage and position what you have to offer in the emotional language that appeals to whoever you want to influence.
So the next time you’re wondering what else you can do that will give you the edge to land a job – think about these 4 surprising things.
Don’t leave it to the last minute.
Do them even if you are on your degree course or thinking about a degree in product design.
The faster you get on the fast track the more prepared you’ll be – and the more you will have the edge to land a job before you even complete your degree.
Something I wish I did but that’s why I’m sharing.
So you don’t learn the hard way. Like I have.
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