Recently I wrote about how I came to land a design internship opportunity with AKQA in Amsterdam.
This time round I wanted to share the five things that I feel got me that internship in an effort to save you some hard work and painful experiences.
1.Don’t be a wanker
Being nice might seem a bit naive and sometimes stupid. But having a positive attitude in general can really help you in reaching your goals and ambitions. People opt in easier if you meet them with a friendly approach.
2.Work harder and do the extra lap
The only hindrance between you and that dream opportunity of yours is the amount of work and effort you have to put down. Creative directors don’t want to see good, they want to see something better. The extra work you put on top of what makes you better.
3.Love the shit out of what you do and show it
Seriously, you are going to do this for a long time. Show what you are burning for and why. This is what makes you an interesting candidate for a job. This came clear to me when I was asked why I was moving away from art direction to design. My creative drive and passion is to create because it makes me not only happier but sad, excited, frustrated. When designing something, that’s when I feel the most alive.
4.The success comes from your surroundings
Acknowledge the reason for where you are and where your ambition might take you depends on interactions, experiences and people connecting with you. I owe a lot to the ones who have played a part in this process both positively and negatively. Stay humble and acknowledge that building connections will take you far.
5.Don’t give up
The largest hindrance you have to overcome in the end is not your interview or a brief, its yourself and your ambition. Even though it might look dark now, you have to believe in that the future the dots will connect.
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