It strikes me that this article (like many articles of this nature) is focused on the idea that when a student graduates with a design degree, their first step will be to get hired as a designer at a design-specific firm / agency / studio. My advice is: don't limit yourself to that. There are tons of creative, interesting, rewarding jobs in design that don't involve working at an agency. And there are plenty of companies of varying sizes that value design just as much as an agency would, if not more. A lot of those jobs also give you a much more reasonable work/life balance.
Hey Caitlin, thanks so much for your reply. You're absolutely right—I've skewed the article to help students break into the studio and agency circuit. I've also worked in-house, during my time at Google, so I have taken that entire decision process for granted.
In a future post, I'll try to elaborate on some of the good points you've made and give students an idea of how to decide on where to hunt for good opportunities after school. You're totally right that it's a world of profound opportunities that shouldn't be ignored.
Very inspiring. This should be read by all just breaking into the design scene.
Now this is an excellent article.
Well written, easy to read, full of wise words without judgement or dogma. It's about passion, working hard, working smart and being vulnerable.
Kudos for the author, thanks for taking the time to write this.
As a design student, thanks for writing this.