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Graduating soon. Give me your advice. Have at it. 🙏🏻

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Stay in school forever. It is a dream that should never have to end.

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I would say, don't expect people to go, "hey let's include the junior on this project so they can learn!" People are busy and not every agency has a good mentoring structure. If you see a team working well, go up to one of them and ask if you can sit in on a meeting/brainstorming session/etc. Be proactive, but once you're in, watch and learn first.

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Your degree is pretty much "meh" at best. You don't know anything yet, despite just completing your college degree. You have zero experience despite any college jobs/internships you may have had. Work hard and the money will come, but don't expect it right off the bat. You'll probably be asked to do things you feel are below you; they're not. Learn from everything.

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Be wary, 3 more roles can be squeezed between "Art Director" & "Intern"

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stay...

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Don't trip over your gown

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You're gonna get fat as fuck in your first 3 years.

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Eat the shit.

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^truth. Don't get discouraged if it feels like "sink or swim" at first. It is. But being proactive about seeking out opportunities is a great way to learn lots of stuff quickly.

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And everything takes time. Your career will be at the very least 35 years - trying to cram everything into the first 5 won't work.

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Don't be an asshole.

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If you don't have an internship already get one. Before going into an interview at a company try to connect with someone at that company and do an informational interview. Keep in contact with everyone you meet. While you're learning find people that willing to teach you, this can be hard because those that will teach the most are busy, so figure out how to make their life easier. If you make a mistake take full and complete ownership for it. If someone above you makes a mistake and blames you, take full and complete ownership for it then figure out how to get out from under that person. Realize that 90% of the people around you know just as much as you do but they know the language to sound like they know 90% more than you. Ask questions and research the answers, never take what your told at face value, especially from clients. If you can't find a job right away work at Starbucks, seriously. Volunteer for every project you can especially if it's outside your comfort level. Ask your parents if they know anyone that's hiring or looking for work they have at least 20 years of more experience than you networking with people, don't discount them. Spend your time not at work looking at great design, try to figure out how they did it and why. Exercise every day for 30 minutes a day at least. Eat vegetables protein and limit all sugars and carbs. Don't ever get drunk with a vendor or client. Do get seriously inebriated with your colleagues, especially after a win or loss. Be honest. Be dependable. Be inquisitive. When your time comes to give advice, give it freely and often.

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Don't sleep your way to the top

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Starting out, say yes to everything. Or at least as many things as you can. Experience is the best teacher and some of my most rewarding learning experiences came from the most unexpected places.

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No one is looking out for you. Be aggressive. Get your hands on as much good work as you can, and don't be afraid to ask to work on things. Usually there will not be a seat for you at the table—bring your own. Fuck what people think. Also, this might sound contrary to my previous advice—but make friends with the right people. This is unfortunately more important than being good at what you do. Do good work, absolutely. But do not buy into the meritocracy myth.

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Get client side experience as soon as possible

Learn from everything. Ask a lot of questions

Work hard. Don't get caught up in the shiny stuff - make sure you are learning a substantial skill at your job.

Buy a pair of grown up pants and a shirt (with sleeves and a collar and pressed) 😏

Find a different career - this industry isn't thriving.

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