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Starting Work Tomorrow ...

Discussion in 'General Business Forum:' started by wac, May 23, 2011.

  1. wac

    wac Senior Member

    I just had a phone call from a design agency asking if I could do some freelance work with them. I've had to turn a couple of these down because I haven't felt ready yet, and I didn't want to walk in and waste everyone's time by not knowing the jargon or quark or something. But I felt it was time so I agreed to this one!

    So is there anything I should know about working in a design agency?
     
  2. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Don't be cocky, and don't underestimate your abilities.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Krey20

    Krey20 Senior Member

    All you can do is your best. Don't be afraid to ask questions, and never be afraid to say 'I don't know'. People appreciate it when you admit to not knowing something rather than wasting time trying to figure something out for yourself.

    Best of luck
     
  4. jf design

    jf design New Member

    I agree with everything Krey20 said. Have a positive attitude and don't just sit in the corner silently, freelancing isn't exclusively about ability (although that's obviously very important), it's also about being part of the team and good company in the studio.
     
  5. Russell

    Russell Member

    Get in a bit early so they can settle you in/ sort out your desk/ login/ explain where stuff is. Don't be the first person to leave at the end of the day. Offer to make coffee. If you run out of stuff to do or get stuck pipe up quickly.
     
  6. Sunburn

    Sunburn Active Member

    which agency?
     
  7. Romack

    Romack Senior Member

    use deodorant too :)
     
  8. davewill

    davewill Senior Member

    Id definitely agree with Ken, dont be shy to say 'I dont know' theres no shame in that. We cant know everything! and there are designers I know with 30 years experience who still admit to getting stuck or not knowing all of the answers.

    And yeah, just what everyone else has said, get in a little early, dont leave first, be pro-active in keeping busy and be enthusiastic!
    Hope it goes well
     
  9. wac

    wac Senior Member

    Thank you all for the sage advice. I had my first day (10 hrs) at Modus Creative today and it was something of a baptism of fire. I spent all day working on a 34 page tool catalogue that had been started in-house by the tool company then passed on to someone at the agency who carried on with it before passing it on to someone else before they were called away and it came to me. I had no friken idea how these people had styled out the InDesign document or where the links were scattered around.

    Any how, back tomorrow and hopefully some more creatively stimulating work will come my my way, anyway thank you again for the advice.
     
  10. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    ...and did it?
     
  11. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    I bet he got to make coffee any way he liked today...
     
  12. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    I always make it the way I like it.
     
  13. glenwheeler

    glenwheeler Senior Member

    All the best dude!
     
  14. Sunburn

    Sunburn Active Member

    Hey wac, just wondering how your first week went?
     
  15. DWildish

    DWildish Member

  16. rach27

    rach27 Member

    In a strange way, I miss the catalogues that I used to work on. 260 pages of shackles, gill nets and other marine equipment. I know... sounds boring. It wasn't that bad apart from just doing the one project for about 3 months and wondering whether you can still design stuff after.

    Hope everything went well for you wac :)
     
  17. wac

    wac Senior Member

    Hi guys sorry I missed the replies. In fact my week there went so well that they kept me on for another three! All in all it was cracking experience as procedures were not at all as I had expected. I did about 25 jobs in total and thankfully many of them were a lot more interesting than the tooling catalogue although that did keep coming back to haunt me throughout my time there!
     

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