I graduated from RISD ID this year (4 months ago), and I’m currently working a design job at a small company in the area. Throughout my time at RISD, I tried a lot of things within the ID program, because I wasn’t totally sure that product design was what I wanted to do (my sophomore design principles experience put me off it slightly).
In my Junior year I did one studio that was interaction/experience design which ended up being pretty badly managed, and because of the RISD lottery system of choosing studios, second semester I ended up in another very badly structured studio. I feel like my Junior year was wasted. But still, I worked hard and did as well as I could in those studios.
Senior year I decided I needed a change of scenery and went on exchange first semester, doing some service design and interior design abroad, and I learned a lot. Only during senior year did I find that I really did want to do product design, after trying all this stuff.
So I graduate, with honors too. I find that my portfolio is scattered and unfocused and unsuited to the jobs I want. I have one or two product projects in my portfolio at best. I’ve done 3 design internships, only one that is straight up product design. I worked hard at RISD, just in too many different directions. I just didn’t know what I wanted until way too late.
I manage to get a job (a decent one too), but I see all the great portfolios, jobs, and internships that other grads are getting, and I feel intensely jealous and disappointed at myself. I know that if I had focused my efforts, I could have that too. I’m set on developing my portfolio, but there’s only so far that will take me.
Recently I’ve been floating the idea of grad school at Art Center (or another school) somewhere down the line. There’s a lot of talk on these forums about not doing an ID grad degree after ID undergrad, but I definitely did not have a traditional ID undergrad.
I guess I’m just feeling super lost right now, and would appreciate advice on how to move forward in my situation?