August 8th, 2007
|10:26 pm - Resign or Die|
I had a meeting with the new CEO, R, of my company. He thought it would be best if I tender my resignation and give my two weeks notice. He said it wasn't a performance issue, but a fit issue. I am not passionate about my job and that it would be best if I were to pursue my passion. He's right. I don't really like my job. What I really want to do is to get into graphic design, or possibly writing. Something creative. R commented that the only e-mails I ever sent to him were regarding the company's logo. Anyway, it wasn't presented as an option, but as a way for me leave gracefully without just being fired.
I was told that I would be given help to find something and was offered to be introduced to the head of Zingerman's Bakery (they also have a restaurant and stuff). Apparently they have a graphics department. R said he do what he could to help. Of course, if I were to pursue something other than what I would love to do, I would not be getting that much help. Living your passion is very important to R. Having the right person in the right place can work wonders. He wants me to be doing something I love. So do I, but the problem is that I don't have much in the way of formal training in graphic arts.
I will also be getting 4 weeks pay besides what I earn during my last two weeks.
I can't say that I was surprised by this. In a way it is kind of a relief now that the other shoe has finally dropped. Still, I'm rather bummed about the whole thing.
Any one know of any openings for in graphic arts or writing that does't require a lot of exprience?
Current Mood: rejected
|Date:||August 9th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)|| |
I read the first couple sentences before I realized it was you. I was like..."Wow, it happened to someone else on my friends-list today, too!" Sheesh.
We'll get through this somehow:)
|Date:||August 9th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)|| |
A good place to start in graphic arts is as a entry level newspaper ad builder. You can look at your local want ads paper or even larger newspaper. (Some large PR/Ad places hire for this as well, but most times you need lots of time doing the job or a BA in Arts or J)
However, I do not know your program/software history. Which programs can you use and how well do you use them? I really really want to help, and as I am in charge of a bunch of people who do the job you want I hope I can.
Lots of love and hugs,
|Date:||August 9th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)|| |
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm familiar with Photoshop CS, have dabbled in Illustrator CS, done some work in Framemaker. I have Corel Painter 9. I have Quark, but haven't done much with it. I've mostly learned from books.
|Date:||August 9th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)|| |
General Job Info I wish I had known:
Okay, now I might be able to help a little bit more. You should be sure to get your samples of work in one easy to use file (tip: make them all .PDFs as this is the most used file type and makes it easy for a shop who might hire you to view them.) Samples should be only your best work from each of the programs you use. :) You also might try getting a copy of CS2 or even CS3 and building some stuff with them. You should note speed and quality in your resumes if you can. Also, keep in mind that you will not make much your first few years, and try not to job hop the first 2 years. To earn a little money on the side you should advertise building logos, biz cards and other such stuff for small sotres or even menus. I make quite a bit on the side doing that myself, because I can undercut what the big places charge (big places charge around $35 - $50 an hour for building this type of stuff.) The important point to sell to people is that you provide them a photo-ready product when you are done, and they can take to any place they want to get it printed. (i.e. Kinkos, 4-part wet press or even a heat set press)
On to programs and learning:
Quark is great, but InDesign CS2 is now the more used program because of bugs in the last Quark version, so you should try and get a copy of that to become comfortable with it. (Psst... it is better anyway)
Adobe has some online classes and some weekend classes, these can teach you some great skills and they certify you to boot. (these can get costly)
If you are past that point in your skills you should check out this site: http://www.cgsociety.org/
It took me from Journeyman to Master GA ... while I was still in the military. I still check it out off and on, sometimes just to look at the awesome art :)
On a friend level:
Now I know what I told you might not even be what you needed or wanted to hear, but if I can help you in any way let me know. I don't share this with most people I just tell them I wrote for a newspaper, but I was a jack of all trades and made more money on the side with this than anything else I did. I hope it helps.
Lots of love,
|Date:||August 10th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)|| |
I really appreciate your input. I'm not that familiar with the whole graphic world. This is all very useful. Thank you.
I'll second Erien's suggestion of checking with the ad departments of newspapers. I'd also suggest print shops. You may also want to consider getting involved with the ADF Publications team. No pay but you can get some really wonderful learning experiences. I learned an amazing amount about publication design working my way through the Grove Organizer's Handbook (which I used as one of my Publication Design class projects)
Further, I suggest that you find somewhere you can take some courses in graphic design. A degree will matter far less than a portfolio & classes will help you build one up. Plus, there's a *lot* of technical knowledge involved with design work-- far more than folks realize. And that's *before* you get to dealing with the various graphic design programs, which are a breed unto themselves. (Are you skilled in any of the high-end document layout programs like Quark or InDesign? How about Photoshop? Ever used Illustrator or CorelDraw? Publisher doesn't count- at least, not to most employers- nor to serious designers for that matter.)
|Date:||August 10th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)|| |
Thanks for the advice. I have Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, Quark 5, Corel Painter 9 and Framemaker 7. Of these, I've used photoshop the most.
|Date:||August 9th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)|| |
I don't exactly know how to advise you to break into the industry. My son is a graphic artist and he has been working at the same small company as me for the past three years - in this case, he knew someone ;).
But, more to the point, I cannot BELIEVE how similar your experience is to one I had about 9 years ago, when I was laid off from a job I had. It was definitely not my passion, and the CEO thought I should be pursuing that, so she gave me four weeks off with pay, told me she'd help all I wanted, and that was that.
I was all set to start my own business, and I fell into the job I still have now, 9 years later. It's not my passion, but it pays the bills, and there are more positives than negatives most of the time. AND usually it gives me time to pursue my passions - which I continually do.
I wish you luck on your journey, wherever it takes you.
|Date:||August 10th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)|| |
It's really freaky how similar our situations were. I really appreciate your support.
*hugs* I already posted this on Liz' journal, but my thoughts are with you guys. I hope this turns out to be a positive thing and you find a job that you really enjoy.
If there's anything I can help with, let me know!
Oh, and if you want some help putting up a fancy resume online, I can put up a site for you, might help during the application process.
|Date:||August 10th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)|| |
OOOOOH, that would be great! Thanks so much!
I had a similar meeting...accept it was at a job interview inside my company. The interviewers said that they didn't see my true spark and interest in the position.
Part of that is because in my company...people are defined by what they do, not who they are.
I am looking at my career as a way to pay for my passions. Unfortunately most companies want people that their job IS their passion.
I think I have given up on working for anyone right now. I still have my job....for now....and I will pursue starting my own business. I put it on the back burner about 8 months ago....but its time to turn up the heat.
|Date:||August 10th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)|| |
Yeah, I knew I was in trouble when I first met with the CEO and he asked me what I was passionate about. I said being creative, thinking that there might be something I could do. When he said that there wasn't anything like that for me, I thought, "Well crap!" The meeting yesterday was really the other shoe dropping.
How scary at first! Hopefully this will turn out to be a positive, life-transforming turning point for you.
|Date:||August 10th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)|| |
I hope it turns out positive too. I have to admit that there is a certain amount of relief that I won't be stuck doing a job I don't like. However, there's apprehension that I won't find anything at all.
It will be okay. While I can't offer much in the way of graphic design advice, I can tell you that every time a door closes, a new one opens. My thoughts and best wishes will be with you and your family.
Oh, and don't forget about divine intervention: Mercury ROCKS as a god of commerce and fair dealing. I'll try to put in a good word or two for you. :)
|Date:||August 10th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)|| |
I would like that :)
What a shithead. Some people actually just NEED a job, whether they're 'passionate' about it or not. Tossed out on your ass with no degree or experience in the field you'd like to work in...
I really do hate corporate America. We had a meeting the other day about "office Hours", someone must have complained that our department comes in an hour later than their department - of course THEY leave earlier so they don't see that we stay an hour later than they do, so now we wind up having to come in earlier AND stay later...
|Date:||August 10th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)|| |
Yeah, I thought it was pretty shitty too. It looks like they won't be filling my position after I'm gone. I'm not sure that is wise. They will make others incorporate what I do into what they do. Glad I'm not them.
Man that sucks !! I hope it workes out for you , Good luck!!
What a way to be forced into your passion. I hope this is the impetus to bring that passion more into your life. Unfortunately, I think this is the kind of kick in the butt I would need to do the same thing....off to go knock on wood.
Anyway. Take care and you are both in my prayers.