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SENIOR DESIGNER, IN-DEPTH: "Don't Live To Work, Work To Live"

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Kev shares some of the things he likes and dislikes about his job as a Senior Designer. He also goes into the biggest career decisions he made and what it takes to be a Senior Designer.

School: Drexel University
Degree: Computer Information Systems
Job Title: Senior Designer
Employer: IBM

Job Summary: Graphic Designers

Job Description

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas through images and the layout of web screens and printed pages. They may use a variety of design elements to achieve artistic or decorative effects. They develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

In 2010, about 29 percent of graphic designers were self-employed. Graphic designers who are self-employed may need to adjust their workday to meet with clients in the evenings or on weekends. In addition, they may spend some of their time looking for new projects or competing with other designers for contracts.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$25,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Artistic, Creativity, Teamwork, Detail oriented

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m='11420'>experienced</span> <span m='12030'>in</span> <span m='12300'>the</span> <span m='12370'>software</span> <span m='12890'>industry.</span> <span m='15190'>I</span> <span m='15270'>think</span> <span m='17080'>you</span> <span m='17210'>learn</span> <span m='17340'>to</span> <span m='17420'>roll with the</span> <span m='17620'>punches</span> <span m='18230'>sometimes.</span> <span m='18940'>You</span> <span m='19180'>get</span> <span m='19780'>frustrated</span> <span m='20320'>when</span> <span m='20510'>things</span> <span m='20800'>change</span> <span m='21490'>really</span> <span m='21750'>quickly</span> <span m='22430'>or</span> <span m='22800'>you</span> <span m='23080'>put</span> <span m='23180'>a</span> <span m='23220'>lot</span> <span m='23380'>of</span> <span m='23460'>effort</span> <span m='24020'>and</span> <span m='24280'>thought</span> <span m='24500'>into</span> <span m='24680'>something</span> <span m='25110'>and</span> <span m='26180'>it</span> <span m='26490'>ends</span> <span m='26630'>up</span> <span m='26740'>not</span> <span m='26920'>being</span> <span m='27090'>used</span> <span m='27500'>or</span> <span m='28220'>just</span> <span m='28440'>not</span> <span m='28670'>the</span> <span m='28750'>thing</span> <span m='28890'>that</span> <span m='29020'>happens.</span> </p><p><span m='29420'>But</span> <span m='30750'>I</span> <span m='30830'>think</span> <span m='31010'>as</span> <span m='31120'>you</span> <span m='31220'>mature</span> <span m='32229'>in</span> <span m='32320'>your</span> <span m='32450'>career</span> <span m='32900'>and</span> <span m='32980'>as</span> <span m='33060'>you</span> <span m='33170'>mature</span> <span m='33550'>as</span> <span m='33660'>a</span> <span m='33730'>designer,</span> <span m='34460'>or</span> <span m='34780'>in</span> <span m='34870'>any</span> <span m='35310'>field</span> <span m='35650'>that you</span> <span m='35820'>choose,</span> <span m='36930'>you learn</span> <span m='37210'>to let go</span> <span m='37570'>of those</span> <span m='37890'>kinds</span> <span m='38090'>of</span> <span m='38160'>things.</span> <span m='39810'>And</span> <span m='39980'>it</span> <span m='40100'>gets</span> <span m='40250'>frustrating</span> <span m='40750'>at</span> <span m='40860'>first.</span> <span m='41650'>You</span> <span m='41830'>want</span> <span m='42550'>to</span> <span m='42690'>be</span> <span m='43066'>seen.</span> <span m='44090'>You</span> <span m='44200'>want</span> <span m='44300'>to</span> <span m='44340'>feel</span> <span m='44560'>like</span> <span m='44720'>you've</span> <span m='44830'>made</span> <span m='44970'>an</span> <span m='45050'>impact.</span> <span m='45440'>But</span> <span m='46860'>I</span> <span m='46970'>think</span> <span m='47190'>it's</span> <span m='47850'>knowing</span> <span m='48260'>that</span> <span m='48390'>you</span> <span m='49110'>feel</span> <span m='49290'>satisfied</span> <span m='49545'>in</span> <span m='49800'>what</span> <span m='49930'>you're</span> <span m='50020'>doing</span> <span m='50490'>that's important.</span> </p><p><span m='51930'>I</span> <span m='51990'>think</span> <span m='52150'>another</span> <span m='52870'>key</span> <span m='53060'>decision</span> <span m='54350'>was</span> <span m='55150'>knowing</span> <span m='56730'>when</span> <span m='57180'>it's</span> <span m='57320'>just</span> <span m='57540'>not</span> <span m='57680'>working</span> <span m='58020'>and it's</span> <span m='58240'>not</span> <span m='58400'>right.</span> <span m='59490'>That's</span> <span m='59670'>another</span> <span m='59970'>really</span> <span m='60240'>important</span> <span m='60700'>thing.</span> <span m='60920'>Don't</span> <span m='62450'>feel</span> <span m='62780'>like</span> <span m='63030'>you</span> <span m='63150'>have</span> <span m='63500'>to</span> <span m='65519'>continue</span> <span m='65900'>doing</span> <span m='66110'>something that</span> <span m='66510'>you're</span> <span m='66630'>not</span> <span m='66780'>happy</span> <span m='67250'>or</span> <span m='67410'>you</span> <span m='67530'>don't</span> <span m='67840'>find</span> <span m='68280'>satisfaction</span> <span m='68610'>in.</span> <span m='69520'>I</span> <span m='69590'>know</span> <span m='69800'>a</span> <span m='69840'>lot</span> <span m='70000'>of</span> <span m='70050'>people</span> <span m='70410'>who</span> <span m='71980'>work</span> <span m='72200'>a</span> <span m='72250'>job</span> <span m='72830'>because</span> <span m='74160'>they</span> <span m='74250'>don't want to</span> <span m='74420'>disappoint</span> <span m='74830'>somebody</span> <span m='75560'>or</span> <span m='76000'>because</span> <span m='76710'>they</span> <span m='76740'>feel</span> <span m='76970'>like</span> <span m='77130'>other</span> <span m='77290'>people</span> <span m='77790'>will be let</span> <span m='77980'>down.</span> <span m='78690'>But</span> <span m='78810'>they're</span> <span m='78910'>miserable.</span> <span m='79570'>And</span> <span m='80240'>it's</span> <span m='80460'>taking</span> <span m='81190'>a</span> <span m='81260'>toll</span> <span m='81530'>on</span> <span m='81640'>them</span> <span m='81790'>emotionally</span> <span m='82410'>and</span> <span m='82480'>personally.</span> </p><p><span m='83100'>And</span> <span m='84950'>work's</span> <span m='85280'>important.</span> <span m='85790'>But</span> <span m='86330'>don't</span> <span m='88550'>live</span> <span m='88880'>to</span> <span m='88990'>work.</span> <span m='89355'>Work to</span> <span m='89720'>live.</span> <span m='90380'>And</span> <span m='90810'>make</span> <span m='90950'>sure</span> <span m='91100'>that you've</span> <span m='91340'>got</span> <span m='91530'>that</span> <span m='91660'>right</span> <span m='91960'>work-life</span> <span m='92410'>balance</span> <span m='92730'>for</span> <span m='92790'>yourself.</span> <span m='94960'>Find</span> <span m='95790'>people,</span> <span m='96920'>in</span> <span m='97170'>whatever</span> <span m='97720'>you're</span> <span m='97860'>doing,</span> <span m='98820'>who</span> <span m='99200'>can</span> <span m='99390'>be</span> <span m='99530'>your</span> <span m='99680'>mentors.</span> <span m='100160'>Seek</span> <span m='100430'>them</span> <span m='100570'>out.</span> <span m='100860'>And</span> <span m='100960'>it's</span> <span m='101070'>OK</span> <span m='101270'>to</span> <span m='101330'>have</span> <span m='101530'>more</span> <span m='101740'>than</span> <span m='101920'>one</span> <span m='102120'>mentor.</span> <span m='103930'>Rely</span> <span m='104300'>on</span> <span m='104460'>them.</span> <span m='105040'>Ask</span> <span m='105590'>them</span> <span m='105700'>questions.</span> <span m='107350'>Help</span> <span m='107650'>them</span> <span m='108020'>guide</span> <span m='108360'>you</span> <span m='108970'>on</span> <span m='109150'>your</span> <span m='109370'>career.</span> </p><p><span m='110880'>I</span> <span m='111140'>think</span> <span m='111300'>the</span> <span m='111410'>other</span> <span m='111520'>thing,</span> <span m='111770'>too,</span> <span m='112610'>is</span> <span m='112840'>that</span> <span m='113470'>there's</span> <span m='113570'>a</span> <span m='113680'>saying</span> <span m='114050'>that</span> <span m='114310'>I actually have</span> <span m='114590'>written</span> <span m='114640'>on</span> <span m='114955'>my</span> <span m='115270'>monitor--</span> <span m='116790'>true</span> <span m='117090'>words</span> <span m='117190'>are</span> <span m='117300'>not</span> <span m='117490'>always</span> <span m='117730'>pretty</span> <span m='118045'>and pretty</span> <span m='118360'>words</span> <span m='118630'>are</span> <span m='118680'>not</span> <span m='118900'>always</span> <span m='119120'>true.</span> <span m='123250'>A</span> <span m='123370'>good</span> <span m='123620'>mentor</span> <span m='124060'>will</span> <span m='124430'>tell</span> <span m='124640'>you</span> <span m='124760'>the</span> <span m='124850'>hard</span> <span m='125110'>things</span> <span m='125650'>and</span> <span m='125870'>will</span> <span m='125960'>tell</span> <span m='126150'>you</span> <span m='126920'>where</span> <span m='127100'>you</span> <span m='127230'>need</span> <span m='127480'>to</span> <span m='127580'>improve</span> <span m='127930'>and will</span> <span m='128139'>give</span> <span m='128320'>you</span> <span m='128430'>feedback</span> <span m='128900'>about</span> <span m='129199'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='129570'>And</span> <span m='131200'>throughout</span> <span m='131400'>my</span> <span m='131500'>career,</span> <span m='131760'>those</span> <span m='131980'>are</span> <span m='132000'>the</span> <span m='132080'>people</span> <span m='132380'>who</span> <span m='132540'>I</span> <span m='132600'>really</span> <span m='132870'>respect</span> <span m='133350'>and</span> <span m='133450'>admire</span> <span m='133890'>because</span> <span m='134900'>they</span> <span m='135190'>told</span> <span m='135460'>me,</span> <span m='136420'>hey,</span> <span m='136550'>you sucked</span> <span m='136850'>or</span> <span m='137200'>you</span> <span m='137360'>dropped</span> <span m='137620'>the</span> <span m='137710'>ball</span> <span m='138200'>or</span> <span m='138560'>you</span> <span m='139040'>could</span> <span m='139160'>have</span> <span m='139270'>done</span> <span m='139440'>this</span> <span m='139600'>better.</span> <span m='140000'>And</span> <span m='141330'>I think what</span> <span m='141470'>was</span> <span m='141580'>important,</span> <span m='141900'>too,</span> <span m='142000'>is</span> <span m='142080'>they</span> <span m='142210'>just</span> <span m='142390'>didn't</span> <span m='142610'>tell</span> <span m='142830'>me,</span> <span m='143520'>hey, you</span> <span m='143850'>sucked.</span> <span m='144180'>They</span> <span m='144290'>really</span> <span m='145450'>helped</span> <span m='145720'>me</span> <span m='145870'>understand</span> <span m='146210'>the</span> <span m='146270'>perspective</span> <span m='146770'>of</span> <span m='146880'>those</span> <span m='147110'>around</span> <span m='147470'>me</span> <span m='148360'>instead</span> <span m='148410'>of</span> <span m='148630'>my</span> <span m='148810'>own</span> <span m='149080'>perspective</span> <span m='149670'>on</span> <span m='150030'>what</span> <span m='150170'>was</span> <span m='150270'>happening.</span> </p><p><span m='151030'>I</span> <span m='151150'>think</span> <span m='151290'>it's</span> <span m='151420'>difficult</span> <span m='151900'>in</span> <span m='153090'>any</span> <span m='153370'>industry.</span> <span m='155270'>It</span> <span m='155680'>kind</span> <span m='155870'>of</span> <span m='155950'>is</span> <span m='156060'>a</span> <span m='156110'>numbers</span> <span m='156470'>game.</span> <span m='156720'>And</span> <span m='156780'>I</span> <span m='156830'>say</span> <span m='156990'>that</span> <span m='157200'>kind</span> <span m='157340'>of</span> <span m='157420'>as</span> <span m='157870'>a</span> <span m='157960'>manager,</span> <span m='158740'>as</span> <span m='158850'>a</span> <span m='158920'>hiring</span> <span m='159240'>manager</span> <span m='159720'>in</span> <span m='159770'>my</span> <span m='159870'>career.</span> <span m='162000'>I've</span> <span m='162150'>seen</span> <span m='162410'>some</span> <span m='162610'>really</span> <span m='162910'>skilled,</span> <span m='163390'>awesome</span> <span m='163740'>people.</span> <span m='164140'>But</span> <span m='164590'>when</span> <span m='164740'>I've</span> <span m='164910'>got</span> <span m='165620'>20</span> <span m='166120'>candidates</span> <span m='166375'>and</span> <span m='166630'>one</span> <span m='166960'>position,</span> <span m='167510'>unfortunately</span> <span m='169075'>there's</span> <span m='169370'>going to</span> <span m='169600'>be one</span> <span m='169650'>person</span> <span m='169900'>who's</span> <span m='169990'>happy,</span> <span m='170310'>and</span> <span m='170370'>there's</span> <span m='170530'>20</span> <span m='170740'>people</span> <span m='170980'>who</span> <span m='171060'>are</span> <span m='171150'>disappointed.</span> </p><p><span m='172620'>So</span> <span m='172770'>my</span> <span m='172940'>advice</span> <span m='173290'>is</span> <span m='173460'>just</span> <span m='174250'>get</span> <span m='174410'>out</span> <span m='174590'>there</span> <span m='174810'>and</span> <span m='175570'>put</span> <span m='175840'>resumes</span> <span m='176270'>out</span> <span m='176520'>and</span> <span m='177000'>talk</span> <span m='177340'>to</span> <span m='177450'>people</span> <span m='177850'>and</span> <span m='177930'>network.</span> <span m='179400'>But</span> <span m='179770'>don't</span> <span m='179890'>be</span> <span m='180250'>obnoxious</span> <span m='180700'>about</span> <span m='181010'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='182350'>You</span> <span m='182500'>know,</span> <span m='182880'>I</span> <span m='183380'>traded</span> <span m='185690'>about a</span> <span m='185920'>40-minute</span> <span m='186780'>round</span> <span m='187080'>trip</span> <span m='187270'>commute</span> <span m='187690'>for</span> <span m='188090'>about</span> <span m='188270'>a</span> <span m='188330'>two-hour</span> <span m='188800'>round</span> <span m='189030'>trip</span> <span m='189210'>commute</span> <span m='190700'>to</span> <span m='191200'>go</span> <span m='191340'>to</span> <span m='191450'>my</span> <span m='191550'>current</span> <span m='191780'>employer.</span> <span m='192380'>And</span> <span m='194450'>it's</span> <span m='194610'>a</span> <span m='194660'>much</span> <span m='195040'>more</span> <span m='195900'>relaxed</span> <span m='196780'>environment.</span> <span m='197970'>I</span> <span m='198190'>think</span> <span m='198960'>IBM</span> <span m='199300'>has</span> <span m='199400'>really</span> <span m='199590'>put a</span> <span m='199670'>lot</span> <span m='199900'>of</span> <span m='199950'>thought</span> <span m='200190'>into</span> <span m='200770'>how</span> <span m='201020'>they</span> <span m='201110'>want</span> <span m='201320'>their</span> <span m='201470'>design</span> <span m='201770'>studio</span> <span m='202370'>to</span> <span m='202760'>work.</span> <span m='205240'>I've</span> <span m='205320'>had</span> <span m='205510'>previous</span> <span m='205970'>jobs</span> <span m='206420'>where</span> <span m='207260'>there's</span> <span m='207400'>a</span> <span m='207440'>very</span> <span m='207960'>fast-paced,</span> <span m='208570'>high-stress</span> <span m='209340'>environment.</span> <span m='210710'>And</span> <span m='210800'>it</span> <span m='210840'>was</span> <span m='210940'>difficult</span> <span m='211520'>coming</span> <span m='211720'>home</span> <span m='211980'>and</span> <span m='212030'>kind</span> <span m='212230'>of</span> <span m='212540'>letting</span> <span m='212980'>go</span> <span m='213290'>of</span> <span m='214350'>a</span> <span m='214480'>lot</span> <span m='214690'>of that</span> <span m='214990'>stress.</span> </p><p><span m='217330'>I</span> <span m='217410'>think</span> <span m='217660'>that if</span> <span m='217870'>you--</span> <span m='220230'>again,</span> <span m='220500'>coming</span> <span m='220690'>back</span> <span m='220890'>to that</span> <span m='220990'>idea</span> <span m='221280'>of</span> <span m='221440'>if it's</span> <span m='221620'>not</span> <span m='221730'>working</span> <span m='222000'>for</span> <span m='222120'>you,</span> <span m='222570'>you've</span> <span m='222670'>got</span> <span m='222800'>to</span> <span m='222840'>recognize</span> <span m='223330'>that</span> <span m='223540'>and</span> <span m='223620'>make</span> <span m='223770'>a</span> <span m='223820'>change.</span> <span m='226030'>But</span> <span m='226240'>also,</span> <span m='227190'>when</span> <span m='227330'>you</span> <span m='227460'>find</span> <span m='227960'>people</span> <span m='228300'>who are</span> <span m='228460'>supportive</span> <span m='228940'>of</span> <span m='229070'>you</span> <span m='229540'>and</span> <span m='230730'>who</span> <span m='231210'>can</span> <span m='232980'>relate</span> <span m='233310'>to you not</span> <span m='233660'>just on a</span> <span m='233850'>professional</span> <span m='234260'>level</span> <span m='234470'>but</span> <span m='234590'>on</span> <span m='234710'>a</span> <span m='234760'>personal</span> <span m='235150'>level,</span> <span m='236750'>that's</span> <span m='237290'>important,</span> <span m='237670'>too.</span> <span m='238190'>And</span> <span m='240540'>not</span> <span m='240680'>having</span> <span m='240900'>work-life</span> <span m='241320'>balance</span> <span m='241690'>can</span> <span m='242310'>really</span> <span m='242480'>take</span> <span m='242630'>its</span> <span m='242780'>toll</span> <span m='243050'>on</span> <span m='243200'>you</span> <span m='243360'>from</span> <span m='243520'>an</span> <span m='243570'>emotional</span> <span m='244120'>and</span> <span m='244200'>physical</span> <span m='245020'>level.</span> </p><p><span m='245820'>So</span> <span m='245940'>it's</span> <span m='246030'>important</span> <span m='246590'>to</span> <span m='249540'>do</span> <span m='249830'>the</span> <span m='249940'>work.</span> <span m='250290'>Do</span> <span m='250450'>a</span> <span m='250530'>great</span> <span m='250760'>job.</span> <span m='251030'>But</span> <span m='251160'>then,</span> <span m='251300'>like,</span> <span m='251790'>go home.</span> <span m='253790'>Go</span> <span m='253960'>home</span> <span m='254150'>at</span> <span m='254230'>five</span> <span m='254400'>o'clock</span> <span m='255150'>and</span> <span m='255350'>do</span> <span m='255510'>things</span> <span m='255910'>that</span> <span m='256060'>you</span> <span m='256220'>enjoy.</span> <span m='256640'>And</span> <span m='257649'>you</span> <span m='257800'>relax.</span> <span m='260240'>I</span> <span m='260589'>think</span> <span m='260930'>it's</span> <span m='261410'>so</span> <span m='261550'>important.</span> <span m='262060'>And</span> <span m='262390'>I</span> <span m='262430'>say</span> <span m='262630'>that</span> <span m='263170'>having</span> <span m='263810'>a</span> <span m='264270'>pretty</span> <span m='264450'>long</span> <span m='264710'>career.</span> </p>","file":{"id":572422,"video_id":"","name":"2874-Kevin - IN DEPTH.mp4","duration":265450,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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