Long time reader here and I have a conodrum for those with a wealth of experience. I’m sure we all know that the first few steps you take after graduation are probably the most important, they can either make or break you. Spend to long out of a job right after graduating and you become unemployable. So how important is it to get the right job versus any job? What I am hinting at is can you for the first year(s) diversify slightly and specialise in an area realted to ID and yet still be considered for junior ID roles at for arguments sake Frog,Lunar, Fuse, Smart, IDEO etc… (I mean we all want to work at these companies right?)
By diversify I mean could you spend a year with a company that specialises in say ethonography and brand values, more strageic elements, (sort of what Travismo was eluding to in another post) that is at the top of its game (house hold name in the deisgn world) and whose clients are also house hold names. With the purpose of spending time to really hone that skillset to a high level but not necessarily having an outcome that is a physical product. Could you still be considered for a traditional ID junior role which take those with 0-3 years of experience. Obviously providing thaat your ID portofolio has insightful useful products and you have the traditional CAD sketching skills etc…
I’m quite curious to see how potentially fickle it can be to really progress up the ID heirarchy, once you step away from the path for a short time can you step back. How easy would it be for a junior to do this vs senior to management etc… has anyone done this ?