First Job Advice
I am in need of your advice. So next week Monday is the first day of my summer illustration internship. It'll be my first real job, my first real art job or day job. I'm super nervous because I've never done anything like this before. I've worked for my dad for a long while, but that isn't art related at all, I was a figure drawing tutor at school, and I've done like 4 small private commissions. So saying I'm inexperienced is an understatement. The studio is in a different state than I live or attend college. I'm flying out on Friday and will only have about two days to gain my bearings before starting so that'll be enough of a shock in itself.
Whether or not you have an art job or not, I'd like your advice on what to do and what not to do when starting a new 9-to-5 and starting a job in a new city. I know the basics such as, "work hard, treat others with respect, be on time", but any nuggets of wisdom will be appreciated. I'm freaking out!
@teju-abiola First, Congratulations!!!! What an exciting time!
I think that’s where my first thought lands: Simply enjoy this experience.
Particularly since this is a short-term (just for the summer, right?), try to observe & soak in as much as you can. While I’m sure you will work hard & produce great work, don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
As an intern, they know that this may be new to you and should have a measure of grace, so you can take comfort in that and encouragement in simply having this great opportunity!
Also, get to know people (Networking is so valuable to your future steps). Perhaps you can get to experience the new city a little bit through one of your new friends =)
My youngest brother is going through the same exact thing! (programming not art, though) My parents helped him move this past weekend. I’m going to have to look back to see what else people say here so I can share with him!
@quietyell Thank you! It's easy to overthink and complicate things, but you're right. I need to do my best to simply enjoy the opportunity and experience.
@teju-abiola Best of luck--you're going to do fine!
Don't forget to breathe. At the beginning of any new experience, the first day is the hardest, after the first week you'll have your new schedule down. It's short term, so try to soak it in and have a great time.
@teju-abiola Sounds exciting! Good luck Teju! I hope it all goes well. My advice from various 9-5 non-art jobs is to take a little notebook with you and if someone’s giving u lots of info on something take some notes. I’ve found sometimes at a new place it can be information overload at the beginning and it helps to be able to remind myself of things by looking back at my notebook. xX
@rachy That's a great idea! I kind of already do that, and I'll remember to carry it over to work. I get overwhelmed really easily so this will help a lot!
@teju-abiola WOAH! I'm so happy for you.
@nyrryl-cadiz Thank you :)