10 things you need to learn in design school if you’re tired of wasting your money

How do I know this? Good question. I run a design studio. I interview design school graduates for a living. And while I see many talented people, and a few people with the potential to have careers as designers, almost every single person I’ve interviewed lacks the basic core of what it takes to become a professional designer coming out of school. This isn’t their fault. Their school didn’t teach them what they needed.Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff

This is how I want to help you. I want to help you have a successful design career. Which has nothing to do with how creative you are. I’ve seen plenty of creative people’s careers derail because they couldn’t manage their shit. I want you to manage your shit. Realize right now that no one is going to be so dazzled by your work that you don’t need to pay attention to this stuff. Because no matter how good your shit is, at some point you are going to have to sell it, invoice for it, and collect your money. Those are the things that prolong your career.

Your school probably has something called a portfolio class. Or a professional services class. It’s the class you don’t want to take. When I was your age I didn’t want to take it either. And it’s probably taught by someone who drew the short straw. They want to teach it as much as you want to take it. Thing is, you gotta take it. And you have to demand that it’s taught correctly. So feel free to show this list to that professor. Feel free to ask them if these things are in the class curriculum. Tell them these are things you want to learn.Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff

What if they tell you this stuff isn’t important? One, they’re lying. Two, get out of there. You’re wasting your money. And don’t let them tell you these are “soft skills.”

Being able to pay your rent is not a soft skill. It’s a life skill.

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