It’s both everything I expected and nothing I expected.
I’ve not had ANY trouble finding a job after college which has been a crazy surprise. I have my corporate 8-5 job designing for the state (working for the state is what’s up, the benefits seemingly never end), and I have little to truly complain about. Yet, in the spirit of being a modern American I have found time to spill my complaints out on a page, and I’m going to share it because it helped understand the situation, and it relieved stresses I hadn’t realized I picked up after school.
- This is going to be my every day for at least the next 25 years of life
- My creative director’s education and ideas (as far as I can tell over the past 2 months) are outdated, and I must report to this person
- This limits my creativity
- This makes me feel like I’m wasting
- I’ve been in the business (design making my money) for 3 years and this isn’t good/smart/fresh/cool/etc. design work
- I just want to feel like I’m doing something good, or something that counts
- I get paid once a month, which is only a con because getting a bi-monthly paycheck when I’m questioning my work releases stress because I can at least see how my work is literally paying off
- Since I’m not in school I rarely socialize
- I go home alone
- I’m finished with school
- My department is undergoing significant/important changes that should lead to great design opportunities :)
- It would be a waste of a golden opportunity if business continued as usual
- I’m looking for other creative outlets which could lead to something super or something I never expected
- I have insurance and I’m making money
- I work for the state, which is AWESOME if you’re in Texas
- Work is a 5-7 minute drive away
- No dealings with traffic
- Lunch at home (it’s like a midday work vacation)
- Though I go home alone, I’m only a phone call/facetime away from who’s important
- And visits are easier to schedule now that school is in the past and our work schedules are consistent
- I have time to work out
- I have time to read
- I have SOOO much less stress now that I’m not in school, I didn’t realize how stressed I was
- I’m young, I’m always figuring life out, and life is huge
Sometimes I have to write down the good things to be able to realize they exist. I had been struggling with the cons, and they’ll continue to be cons but I do have more to be happy about and look forward to. I need to remedy the lack of socializing situation, but I didn’t realize that was a bother until I made these lists.
Now that my thoughts are more organized I can move forward more effectively. Here’s to looking up.
So I landed a graphic design internship (paid of course) with Southwest Airlines immediately after graduating. The whole deal fell right into my lap, and after four weeks of grueling background checking and FAA whatnots, I started this journey.
My whole world has changed in just three short weeks of working this job. I’m awake at 6am and leave my home while it’s still dark outside. I catch a train because it always avoids traffic. I do more work than I’ve ever done, yet I always have time for it and I never have to bring it home with me (unlike school). I get off work, I catch the train, and I’m back home at 6pm, just in time for it to be dark. I’m gone all of the day. I clock in at least eleven hours a day of wearing shoes.
In three short weeks I’ve completed enough tasks to have fulfilled all of my design classes requirements. All of the classes. Luckily I was prepared for this because despite the load I never feel burdened or overwhelmed. It’s quite the opposite really. I find myself several times a day smiling at my computer screen because I’m so happy to be doing what I’m doing. My days are long but they’re full. I’m learning so much I can hardly get enough! It’s simply amazing how many jobs go into making those planes fly. So many parts and pieces, all so important, to making that big picture the biggest.
It’s hard to fine tune what I want to say right now so I’ll put it on hold. There’s just so much that’s taken place in such a short amount of time. This is the life. I’m living it. I’m taking off.
And bonus points for documentation!
It’s been a good while since I’ve shared some of my doodles. I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like during the semesters, but as of 2 weeks ago I shouldn’t have to worry about that. :)