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Transition from Student Designer to Career Designer

Transition from Student Designer to Career Designer

Paul Carew

It can be difficult to merge into the graphic design “fast lane.” The transition from student designer to a first career job can be terrifying.

The feelings of being unprepared and/or overwhelmed are totally normal. As I spend time mentoring students at a college level, I have witnessed these emotions every semester.

Put your fears aside. With some research and preparation, these feelings can be overcome. I have crafted the following roadmap to help you merge “into traffic” safely.

Next: Approach the On Ramp →



Featured Author: Paul Carew, Carew Co.
Designing for “print + web” comes naturally, as Paul has held positions in many segments of the creative industry. Before starting Carew Co., Paul was creative director at Oliver Russell, a brand marketing agency. Paul helped the agency enter the interactive scene in the late 90′s, when he discovered his infatuation with all things digital. During his decade-long tenure, Paul performed strategic planning, design, and oversaw interactive work as a part of cross-media campaigns.

Paul’s clients have included 1-800-COLLECT, A&W Root Beer, Albertsons, Charles Schwab, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Cinder Wines, and J.R. Simplot Company.

Carew began his career in New York City, serving as art director for Messner Vetere Berger McNamee & Schmetterer. He is a graduate of Tyler School of Art and has received numerous awards for his designs, including recognition by Print Magazine. Paul is also the Founding President of AIGA Idaho.


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