How To Find Success in the “Real World”*

9th September 2015 - Kelsi Byers

*Success Not Guaranteed

“I’ve got my lunch packed up…my boots tied tight…I hope I don’t get in a fight!”

Ohhhh it’s back to school time kids and for some of you this means your final year and VERY last possible opportunity to figure out the direction of your whole entire life before being thrown into the *gasp* “real world.” 

Hold on… please don’t cry… we were just kidding. Not many of us knew exactly what the heck we were doing when we graduated university or college and a LOT has changed since then.

The team here at Clark Stanley is here to help you. Why listen to the crazy bunch of talented folk that work here? I mean, we get in fights over whether Tay Swift or Katy Perry is better, we sing in our client presentations (true story), and at this point Abhi is immune to every form of caffein ever invented.

We all have ONE obvious thing in common, besides our creative brains of course… wait for it… we have careers! Full time jobs. Jobs where we get paid. To do the things we love to do. Surrounded by others. Who do the things they love to do.

Sounds pretty exciting doesn’t it? Now listen up as we tell you “Tips on how to Make the Most of Your Last Year of School Giving You (almost) Guaranteed Success in the “Real World”” as told by the Clark Stanley team:

“Remember a degree doesn’t mean you know everything so don’t act as if you do. There’s still lots to learn about business and life that doesn’t come from lecture halls and textbooks.”
– Allen Massey, Sheriff

“Never give up… a career in the creative space has a lot of highs and lows. Keep a level head. Appreciate your successes and learn from your failures. What you did yesterday has little bearing on what you will be doing tomorrow, keep growing creatively and keep looking forward. Or you can use Micheal Bay’s advice I got in college “Give up. You won’t be successful.”
– Adam Massey, Creative Director/Director

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“I worked for years at the entry level getting my hands dirty and aligning myself with good people and mentors. I had no sense of entitlement and did whatever had to be done and did it to the best of my abilities. My salary or pay expectations were realistic…in most cases quite low. This provided an incentive to work hard, burn the midnight oil and develop a good work ethic.”
– Tim Corrigan, Executive Producer

“Take advantage of every opportunity, you never know when it’s going to come around again. Keep calling, eventually they’ll call you back (if for no other reason than to get rid of you).”
– Christina Hodnet, Director

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“There is no infrastructure or proper process in seeing your passion through to fruition. Other people’s obstacles could be your open road.”
– Jessica Edwards, Director

“Follow your dreams…as long as they involve computer science”
– Andy Keen, Director

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“Once you decide what you want to do, start doing it. Can’t find a job? Great, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. STILL DO THE THING. Freelance, volunteer, try running your own venture- whatever. Get creative, and get out there and do it. This is the difference between “some kid just out of school” and “some kid you want to give a chance to.”
– Diana Romanovsky, Account Coordinator

“You are always reppin’ your personal brand. Build it as much as you can. Go to events, talk to anyone you think is interesting, start a blog or website, build your social identity and be genuine. None of my job offers came from applying online, they were the results of face-to-face interactions or personal referrals. Also, where you start is not always where you will end up so hold on and enjoy the ride!
-Kelsi Byers, Social Media/Community Manager

“Push your creativity, and take some risks. Explore a new style, experiment with different production techniques, and have a good time. Develop a thick skin, and learn how to give and take constructive criticism – creative thinking goes beyond your own work – your ability to get involved in a creative conversation is just as important as your technical skills. Does this count as two tips? Maybe. But if you’re reading it, Kelsi decided to break her one-tip rule because my tips are great.”
– Abhishek Chaudhry, Senior Designer

“If I could say one thing about design and planning for 4th year and your future career is this: use this year to decide if you are a generalist, or not. Don’t be afraid to specialize. If you recognize that you have a very strong skill, and you enjoy that strain of design above all others, there are studios and agencies out there that prioritize hiring people just like you above the masses with generalized abilities. Word of caution, whilst this route is bold, it also narrows your options for positions. it It takes courage to forge a portfolio that is condensed to a specific field, but the payoff is waking up everyday, doing what you love to do.”
– Tasha DiBiagio, Designer

“Network! The connections and friends you make in school are just as important as the projects you create together. Leaving school with a stellar portfolio is awesome but having people in your corner to actually vouch for that and get you on your feet is critical.”
– Matt Sutherland, Editor

“Take advantage of the university educational services. Things like writing centres, and utilizing the teaching assistants that each Professor has. Meeting them helps learn concepts and better prepare for exams. A lot of the time it’s the TA’s who mark papers, so if you are a student they are more familiar with, it’s likely your grades will be better.”
– Advice told by Sales Rep, Jamie Phair’s daughter, Pamela Jean Phair (it’s been a while since some of the staff have been in school)

“Earn each day, throw yourself into every project, and don’t take advice from the intern.”
– Andrew Crozier, The Intern, Writer

Boom! (Almost) guaranteed success. You can thank us later when you land your dream job, here at Clark Stanley.