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ralphzoontjens wrote:Hi Santiago,
You are doing very thankful work at your current company, is there a specific reason you want to switch jobs? It is already a good thing that you are employed, you can also look at expanding your abilities or the company's focus while you are there to make it more satisfactory for yourself.
ralphzoontjens wrote:What companies especially want to see is original ideas - you can work on that. Design competitions for example are a great way of expanding your conceptual thinking. Of all your furniture I like the Escher table the best, it relates to modernism, is original and timeless.
smyoung wrote: Have you considered taking night/summer classes with a strong focus in direction within design? I only mention this because while your portfolio is pretty solid, it spreads over wide range of categories from furniture to electronics. What companies are you specifically targeting, what's your interest in design if you were to make the next move?
Santiago_Florez wrote:smyoung wrote: Have you considered taking night/summer classes with a strong focus in direction within design? I only mention this because while your portfolio is pretty solid, it spreads over wide range of categories from furniture to electronics. What companies are you specifically targeting, what's your interest in design if you were to make the next move?
Hi smyoung! While in college I took a lot of different classes precisely to try to determine which direction to go in. I liked some more than others , but I enjoyed designing different stuff every time. This is why I focused mostly on agencies and furniture studios, but no luck. I feel like once they see that I've been out of school for 6 years, they rather hire a fresh out of college person. At this point I don't care. I just want to get my foot on the door.
Maybe you can look at the fact that you have been out of school for a while in a different way.
You weren't hibernating during those years but instead gathering valuable experience. Maybe not designing but in many other ways, I am sure.
Organisation, problem solving, manufacturing and general maturity in the "real world".
Try to leverage these.
I got a start into the design world really late, didn't really start designing until I was past 30.
So I know what it is like to not be the cookie-cutter young junior designer, when that is your competition.
You portfolio isn't bad at all and with a bit of structure, editing and re-work plus a couple new, contemporary projects, it can definitely get you where you want to go. Then the fact that you are a bit older, will only help your chances.
frdiby wrote:Hi Santiago!
I just had a couple interviews, and lost. Both times they repeated to me that I have talent and enthusiasm, but not quite enough experience in either user research or working with engineering teams. I find the interviewers like to ask questions about my day job products and often dismiss my personal concept projects. The problem with that is, I have a hard time communicating the depth and value of my day job products. I design dozens of packaging products a week, we have over 4,000 SKUs that go to market each year, and there are only 2 designers here. Maybe I should have said that
Greenman wrote:Hi Santiago, does the company that you work for employ any designers? Having been there for some time have you identified any areas where design would benefit the company? Do you have new product ideas that your company could produce? Do you see new market opportunities that you could combine design with your company's capabilities to open up new offerings?
I don't know what your company's capabilities are as far as manufacturing, engineering, etc., but maybe start by creating an inventory list of all of your company's capabilities and resources, and then imagine, if it were up to you, what could you design to leverage this in new ways? Then design some things with this in mind and propose it to your leadership. If they don't bite, well then you have fresh, new, applicable design work for your portfolio.