Top Tips for Starting Your Creative Career

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Top Tips for Starting Your Creative Career

Happy Graduation Class of 2021! Give yourself a pat on the back! You’ve already accomplished so much as a new grad- navigating and working hard through extreme circumstances and uncertain times. As you begin your journey into the creative world- we hope these tips will equip you with confidence and tools to rock your creative career!  


Know your preferred vertical 

There are so many avenues to explore in the creative world. Graphic design, UX/UI, Marketing and more! Maybe you’ve dabbled into more than one concentration, that’s great! You’ll bring key knowledge to a team. But, as you start out applying for positions, it’s helpful to know what you are targeting. Maybe you know where you want to be in 5 or 10 years. Map that back and create a best path to get there. Or maybe you just want to try things out that fall within the creative industry- be confident in that and let your confidence shine through as you apply and interview for jobs.  

Build a portfolio 

If you haven’t already, it’s extremely important to build your online portfolio. Whether that is writing samples, website designs or apps that you’ve created, showcase your portfolio in a clean and clear way for potential hiring managers or recruiters to review. For more tips on building a portfolio, visit our blog on that.  

Don’t be afraid to build side gigs 

Maybe you’ve landed a job, but you know that it’s only a stepping stone. Don’t be afraid to invest time out of work building your side gig- whether your goal is to make that your full time job or continue to build your skills, you have a lot of room to grow!  

Network, network, network 

We’ll say this one more time- network! Cast your net wide and build your professional connections. Attend networking events- both online and in person. For more information and tips regarding networking, we invite you to read our blog focused entirely on networking well.  


You’ve already mastered more than you know. We wish you the best as you begin your career in the creative industry! For more tips and to learn about exciting creative career openings, please view our job board!