It’s that day of the year when we write about what we are thankful for! I can make a traditional list, but I will take this entry to explain why it’s important to even be thankful for things that don’t turn out to be something that seems thankful. If you are thinking “this girl is crazy” please keep reading; this post is for you.
First, here is a Thanksgiving card for everybody because I am so thankful for everything.
The first thing I am thankful for is that last week I got a new web design and development job specializing in WordPress, and I would not have been able to do so without the support of amazing people with whom I have worked together. The job pays me so much more than I would have anticipated, and is in a great collaborative environment healthy for young designers and developers to grow together.
Since graduation six months ago, I have been working at a hospitality industry corporate. I was not happy with the way things are done there. First, the promotional emails we design are directed by revenue managers who communicate with the client. That means the design is decided by people who have no experience in design whatsoever, and the designers are just Photoshop robots. Second, websites designs are mocked up by several designers, then critiqued behind their backs by yet another group of people who have no experience in design. Lastly, everything we do is extremely outdated because the people who ultimately decide the company practices – you guessed it – YET ANOTHER group of people who have no experience, this time in technology. And there there was me. I was doing work in web design, web dev, and user interface, but only recognized as the junior designer.
However, I am still thankful for this job because it was my first one out of college. I was offered an opportunity after interning with them and I took it. I had a manager who treated me wonderfully and another manager who patiently taught me right ways to code. Other designers and developers were always kind enough to help me. But the company is just not for me.
I am even thankful for my education, my BFA in advertising / art direction, even though I didn’t go on to pursue advertising like all my classmates. Without it, I wouldn’t have learned that I don’t want to Photoshop ads for the rest of my life – I am a “product” person, rather than “process” person. But I was able to take the skills I learned into what I really want to do.
Opposite of the Asian mentality I really believe it’s not about what you study; it’s about what you do with it. There are lots of things that can be done from any major if you choose to do it. I am thankful that my mom did not force me to study an Asian major, despite all the non-support from my dad. A person can study biology at an Ivy-League university and still be stuck home after college because he doesn’t really want to be a doctor.
A few weeks ago AnneMarie asked me for thoughts on being a senior in college and I thought this post is just right to talk about it. Senior year is full of changes and may be the transition from student life to working life. It’s a good time to try out different opportunities for your future when graduation is so soon. Get a job, any job, that is related to your studies. It can tell you a lot more than school can. It also is early enough to make changes if your job doesn’t work out, and better than being thrown into adult life after graduation without any clue of what to do.
How does everything I’m writing about tie in? Simple. Any opportunity can still be a good opportunity. Just because it doesn’t lead into something you want, it will tell you what you don’t want. That’s extremely important, and a lot of people overlook it.
If you’re studying for finals today, take a break and watch some TV. If you’re on a long job hunt, go out and have some fun! If you are satisfied with everything, cheer up someone who isn’t by sharing your thoughts with them. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!