I still can’t imagine how time flies so fast that in 2 months, it will be our college batch’s first anniversary. One year away from being eligible of jeepney discounts and anything affordable. One year away from just having money in our pockets and thinking of nothing but school, also. One year away from not being expected as independent.
For 10 months, I reclaimed all of my well-deserved rest by doing freelance work at home. Seems laid-back huh? Doing projects on your preferred time and hanging out with everyone without having to ultimately think about a boss, or peers or everything. I am my own head and my own employee. And people around think that it’s actually cool and they will do it if they have the chance to do so. Surprise – it’s not. It is not cool because it is really for a very responsible person; for those who know time management, project management and the rest of the work. And I found out that I’m not ready for it yet. Yup, ten months, and I realised I’m not ready for it yet.
Time to be employed.
Fresh graduates experience the time when they finally realise that it is time to let go of the bum life and finally get a job. I actually got the hang of it. Well, not really. Let’s say 50-50: having a great great hangover from the student life and slowly grasping the actual life of a working guy. Now, before a year pass by after grad, I have to find myself a full-time work.
For me, it’s okay if you do freelance work, unless you have large connections. I only have a couple of connections and I don’t really have projects that much but it’s definitely fine than earning nothing, yes. But if you ask me the big difference of working in a firm aside from money, it’s the people you work with and the learning process we’re hungry for – admit it or not.
Nobody can replace the feeling of working and learning at the same time with different people, right? From time to time, you improve and learn different from your usual schooling. Most of my colleagues, when we meet, they talk about work, work, and work. Stressful for some, but I find it amusing as they have new experiences. Two best friends of mine go to different places. One is a writer, one is a journalist. The others are magazine writers, analysts, etc. I am happy for them, so I always open up topics about the struggle of going to and from home, their bossy bosses and the kind of office food they eat.
I don’t have those stories, yet.
I have to find work. But what if my position is not actually aligned from what I took in college? What if I don’t have the passion for the position my course prepared for me? That’s another topic.
I am a self-thought graphic designer and I’ve been doing freelance work for 3 years. According to the people I work with, my projects are okay and I always finish work beyond their expectations. That definitely boosted my confidence in improving my craft more. But I have to do it much better in order for me to be assigned to a position I am rooting for. I am a Journalism graduate, and for some employers who are quick to judge, I won’t be even tagged as a candidate for GD.
I have to prove myself as deserving.
Over the past months, I’ve been contacting studios and agencies who are hiring to expand or fill up their design teams. There are lots of postings on JobStreet, as well as on different creative groups on Facebook. I am a positive hopeful that they will still give me time to prove myself. And I had two attempts for ATL and BTL agencies. I failed. Personal e-mails raised hope, but they did not bother to reply after the first one. I’ll beef up my portfolio then. In a matter of days, I came up with different studies and concepts which I think will host my views on Behance. I have to bring my A-game and put these talents to good use.
I personally didn’t try to do other things yet like photo manipulation, intense colour grading, and packaging. That’s what I tried to learn before my last confirmed personal interview in Ortigas. This shall work, I said to myself. The pressure’s doubling up and it’s because I am gunning for one of the agencies I submitted a resume for internship that I didn’t got a callback.
The interview day came, and I prepared myself with samples and presentations. Paranoid? Better use the word prepared. But waiting on the reception’s couch? Back to paranoid. I didn’t know that waiting for your interviewer will be that hard and intense.
All of these feelings were gone after they told me that I passed the first interview. The second interview was assigned for weekend work. I basically have 4 days to finish all requirements for a brand. And when I finally saw the brief, I already said ‘Yes’. I haven’t done anything yet, and saying ‘Yes’ became a mystery, I immediately started working on it, and everything turned out well — except for the photo manipulation. Dun dun dun dunnn.
I was not given any materials, even the brand logo. So I have to be resourceful on this one. At least the art direction was already given. The past agencies I applied for, they want a Graphic Designer/Art Director/Web Designer all in one. The only thing missing is that they should’ve called the position ‘Creative God’.
Anyway, I did my best for the exam but based only my past applications, I always fail on the second interview. What happened after it? You guys check this blog again some time. This post is too heavy to be posted as one article. Well, it’s already heavy for one actually, I’m sorry. Hahaha! Catch you guys, later!