Working Girl (Life in a Corporate Job) Part: 1

Hey there fellow readers!

Recently, I was going through my blog posts and noticed something of a shock to me… I HAVE NOT IN ANY OF MY BLOG POSTS MENTIONED MY 2013 SUMMER JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!
(This may be because I’m a pretty modest individual, but in this case I’m just going to brag a little so bear with me).

This summer, I luckily landed a job as a summer student at Manulife Financial in Toronto. Basically, this large life insurance company operates in Canada and Asia as “Manulife Financial” and in the U.S.A through its John Hancock division.

At this point, you may be asking yourself, “What is a Graphic Designer doing in an insurance company??” Believe me, a few people have asked me that question.

Let me explain.

I am working in the Marketing Department of Manulife Financial, but with the Creative Team!

What does the Creative Team do?

They create the necessary design elements someone in the department may need. For example, someone could ask for a booklet or a flyer or a poster and the Creative Team will put it together.

However, since I am a summer student who just started working last week, I’m editing typographical changes to documents, setting up documents for production, and securing pdf files.

I’m sure more is to come while I’m a Working Girl so I’ll keep posting about the job.

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THE DESIGN ENTREPRENEUR

Reading THE DESIGN ENTREPRENEUR

I used to not enjoy reading books. This was partly because I had a hard time trying to physically read the story, not because I didn’t enjoy the story. Now, I not only read books, but I buy some with my own money! (Usually I have my parents pay for them for me but not always). The kinds of books I buy are not novels though, they are informative books about subjects that interest me. I have one called Guide to Masterpieces of RomeThe Manga Guide to StatisticsChinese CharactersThe Frick Collection, and there are others, believe me.

One of them I bought a couple of days ago called THE DESIGN ENTREPRENEUR: Turning Graphic Design Into Goods That Sell by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico and just started reading. In the book’s 240 pages contain a structure with introductions followed by a series of case studies, containing an interview with each designer and photos of finished products and inspirations. The main idea is about the entrepreneurial process and working for yourself.

Designers know well of the unfortunate truth about their work: Clients are pests!

Yes, I said it. It makes perfect sense though. A client comes to you for you artistic capabilities and visions, but somehow manages to decrease your design to mediocrity. Does any designer want their design to only be… dare I say… COMMON??!!

Hell no!!

This book  basically says to screw clients and design things for yourself and also make some money in the process.

THE DESIGN ENTREPRENEUR offers a lot of insight into the wonderful world of creative freedom and gives hope to those wishing for this freedom. The steps are outlined very bluntly so someone with a low IQ or with no knowledge of entrepreneurship can understand the contents. As well, there are 53 interviews with designer D.I.Y.ing (do it yourself-ing), giving the reader a more ‘real’ outlook.

Overall, this book gave me an optimistic view on what my future could potentially result as. I honestly have no experience with dealing with clients but I do have a fear of certain types of clients like these (I can clearly picture these monsters in my head and they freak me out sometimes!):

The Rich Bitch: the extremely wealthy stuck-up woman who is so critical, even the smallest speck is detected.

The Indecisive Jackass: the slump of a man who can’t make up his damn mind!

The Chatty SHUT THE HELL UP Person: a woman or a man who just won’t shut up! I’m sorry, but I don’t need to know everything about you!

The Brat: the person who cares about nothing but his/her own selfish self.

The Late Payer: enough said.

So basically I’m pretty convinced that being an entrepreneur is a more fulfilling path to go down. Is it hard work?

Read the book and find out for yourself.