Yvonne’s 1 Year
Wow does time fly! As Lindsay and my one year work anniversaries with IDO approaches/passes, we felt inspired this week to look back at this year and look forward to our goals for the future. While celebrating my one year work anniversary at IDO, I’m also “celebrating” my (a little over) one year mark of being out of school. (Boiler Up!) All I have to say is…”Wow, I need a nap.” Kidding, if that’s all I had to say then this wouldn’t be a good blog post! At our recent staff meeting, our President, Jill, asked me “So is this what you thought it’d be like when you graduated?” Caught slightly off guard, I tried to go through this entire year in my head at once to have a response. No, it wasn’t what I envisioned, but then again, I can’t remember what I thought it’d be like. Shortly after Lindsay and I began at IDO, we talked about some of what we’ve learned since graduating in our blogs the Top Things We Learned as Young Designers and the Top Things We Wish We Knew in School. Really thinking about Jill’s question though, was this first year as a whole what I thought it’d be like while in school? I was told once that after a year, you should know what your job is. A year later, and I kind of laugh at that advice. While I have learned so much since graduation, and I would say I generally know what needs done each day to carry on a project, I’m not so sure even seasoned designers can say “this is my job description and that’s how it is.” Although our “bread and butter” might be space planning, furnishings, and finishes, I am still learning and seeing every day something new to add to that. For many in this industry, it’s not just a job, but a way of life. It’s not just a trade for creating spaces, but creating experiences. We soothe, we laugh, we run through hoops of fire to get a job done sometimes. We are ever evolving and play many roles every day. It often isn’t the glamourous career that’s portrayed in the media, but it’s a family. And Lindsay and I are even luckier to be a part of the IDO Family. So although I may miss the days of no health insurance deductions, 401K talk, student loan payments, and the constant feeling like there’s something that needs done, I’ve realized that I’m very fortunate to be where I am. When graduating college, so many of us were so focused on getting traditional interior design jobs, usually in a specific market. Am I doing what I thought I wanted to be doing in school? Not quite. Do I enjoy doing the projects I work on and being at work? Definitely. This year may not have been exactly as I planned it to be in school; and I’m sure in five years, I won’t have gone down the path I envision now. I’ve learned lots of things this past year, but if there’s one thing I’d advise to those just joining the workforce, it’s all about your perspective. There’s good and bad to every job or day, and some days they’re just awful. Choose to focus on the big picture, not be negative or single minded, and you may just end up somewhere even better than you had imagined for yourself. What’s your advice for young professionals, especially in their first year?
Lindsay’s 1 Year
We’ve all been asked the question, where do you see yourself in X years? It’s not an easy task to predict the future. After having a year under my belt in the IDO family, I got to thinking…did I accomplish everything I wanted to this year, and where do I want to be in five years? It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day tasks of the job that we can easily forget to take a step back and look at our career as a whole. I know my one year at IDO flew by!!! But when I step back and reflect on the year, I know I have learned a ton since walking in on my first day. I also know I still have a lot to learn in the years to come. As Donna often says in the office, “You learn something new every day!” And it’s true because design is constantly changing. After all, it is up to us to come up with the new, unique solutions to create the change. So how can we predict the future? I recently came across an interesting article titled “Where will you be in five years?” by Amy Gallo. Her article is based on how to personally answer the question for an interview, but I think her words of advice can apply to any business professional reflecting on their career goals and aspirations. She mentions the first step is to start with a reflection of yourself on what you are good at and what you are not good at. Then ask yourself these three questions.
- What are my values?
- What are my goals?
- What am I willing to do to get there?
And lastly, make sure your goals are a true reflection of what makes you happy at work and as a company. Not only do goals help us grow professionally as individuals, but they also improve the company you work for. After all, if we don’t have anything to work towards, what is the point? As young professionals in the industry, Yvonne and I both are looking forward to taking the NCIDQ to get certified, continuing to grow in our “real world” experiences & project work, and strengthening the bond with our interior design family. So where will you be in five, ten, twenty years?