I am an “older” recent ID grad who didn’t have any internships while in school (too many reasons and obstacles to mention here) and now am prepping my portfolio to showcase my best work in school. I intend on finding internships first, as I don’t mind starting at the bottom, learning on the way up and then finding entry level jobs afterwards.
I have a few questions, so please bear with me. 1) Since most of my jobs were either in retail, office jobs or govt. social services, should I list those on my resume, since I have no design experiences whatsoever or does that look cheesy to mention my previous work history. My instructor held this view that one need not mention “Subway sandwiches” or “Walmart” on one’s resume, especially since most of my classmates were in their late teens to early 20s. But if one had more “serious” jobs (for lack of a better word) that were not design related but were “people-oriented”, would that show an employer one is well rounded, has gained life experiences outside of design and has a serious work ethic or can it backfire on me to display such previous experiences?
Since I had no internships, I don’t want to turn an employer off if they don’t see any on my resume. Should I then convey that in my cover letter, that I am eager to learn and not expecting special treatment just because I am older (not that they would know my age anyway, unless they look at my work history?)
If I do gain an entry level position (which I heard is rare unless one has an internship or two to show for), does entry level work equal an internship in the long run, as one is gaining “real world” experience on the job? Or should I stick merely to nabbing an internship first?
Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks everyone.