I finally got round to creating a Threadless submission:
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I have had the chance to read through the recommended book list for the IPP unit. The one that really stands out to me is the following:
365 Steps to Self Confidence – David Lawrence Preston
Confidence is crucial to a happy and fulfilling life. And yet many of us lack
confidence and self-belief. As a result, we are less adventurous and less likely to
get the most out of life. This book is a carefully structured, daily programme coveringthe following areas: * Deciding to be confident * Harnessing self-awareness* How to think confidently * Using your imagination to improve your self-image* How to act with confidence * Communicating with confidence Each of the 52sections contains information, insights and words of inspiration, plus seven exercisesand practical hints or points to ponder.
I really like anything that helps to boost how you are feeling about yourself. I am going to consider buying it as I have seen it online, but first I will check out if it is available at the library.I’ve just had a look on itunes to see if there was a copy available as an audiobook as I had a few audiobooks over the summer which really made the words sink in and meant I could tune in whenever, wherever and especially important to me, I could multitask and listen while doing work!
The thing that does not draw me to these kinds of self-help/’make yourself a better person’/’do as your told’/’I wrote it down so you should do it’ books are that they can be a little repetitive and I worry that if I rely on or base my thoughts on what someone else thinks or says, am I really my own person?
Today I am going to finalise my portfolio and get all of the text into it. I want it to reflect some of my work over the years of studying that I am most proud of and that reflects me as a designer. But mainly, I would like to include work from this year as this is my final year and the year where I feel I am most developed as a designer. I have also really enjoyed and am still enjoying the projects I have worked on and that I am currently working on, as well as being able to show some of the work I have done outside of my coursework.
I need to make sure that any imagery I use is appropriate and visible, that the file size is not too large and that the descriptions are explanatory without being patronising and too simplistic. What I need to understand is that sometimes I will have to send my portfolio out without me being there and that whoever is viewing the work needs to understand it quickly through the images and the text is simply to back up what the work is showing and to provide a brief insight into the work.
At this point I am actually excited to be creating a portfolio as up until now, I have made PDFs of my work but have never had a portfolio that has photographed work in it. I feel that be having the photographs, the work is able to be seen as it should be, rather than presenting someone with the flat images as they appear on my computer screen. It means that I can show how my work can be show in a real-life situation and not just on screen as this can be repetitive and also does not communicate the design and what I am trying to express through the poster/packaging/restaurant/flyer/ticket design.
Today I have read a fascinating article published in The Guardian about faking yourself. Is it right to tell white lies in interviews? The article sums up the three definitions of faking:
Serious faking – lying about degrees/qualifications you have
Deluded faking – believing you are something you are not. One of the examples give is “a narcissistic egocentric may claim to be a caring person, a good listener, or a thoughtful freind.” (The Guardian. FURNHAM, Adrian. 04.04.2011. )
Obeying social etiquette faking – not saying something that you believe may upset someone or saying something to cover up/dress up something, generally putting a rose-tinted view on things for what you believe is the sake of others
As I was reading this article, I continually thought… I couldn’t do this! I don’t think I can lie to save my life, so really I didn’t think this article applied to me. And then the last paragraph shocked me as it said that actually the people who are able to do the third kind of faking are the ones that should be hired, as apparently, according the Furnham, these candidates “know how to behave.” (The Guardian. FURNHAM, Adrian. 04.04.2011. ) So do I now have to tweak how I think, act and speak? I don’t think I should. Maybe some people already do! I guess rose-tinting things doesn’t hurt at the time, but I am always drawn to thinking about the repercussions of not telling the truth and think that one day things will get found out and once you tell one lie, you always have to chase yourself, so really, there isn’t much point.
As I have been working on my final preparations for my CV and for my portfolio, I am beginning to wonder when is the ‘correct’ time for applying for jobs?! I have a few companies that I really like the look of and that have opportunities, but I am not sure if it is too soon to be applying to companies yet… is it too soon with 3 months(ish) to go?
Part of me is saying go for it and apply, but the other part of me is saying, if they offered you a job, could you realistically accept now? Also… what if I applied now and a better opportunity presented itself further down the line? This happened to me last summer… I accepted one placement for a number of reasons, but then got presented with another one which seemed amazing, but wasn’t (at the time) long enough for the 5 month summer, however the one that I should have taken ended up being a full summer placement and the one I took turned out to not be what I expected. So, with that in mind, I do not want to rush into decisions and make choices before I am completely sure that I have pursued all lines of inquiry and made sure that I am not shutting doors to potential opportunities. This is a really important decision and one that I am completely aware of every day and do not want to regret my decisions or run into blindly.
How many times must teachers hear that?!
But I am not a school kid who has missed their deadline because of homework problems. I have missed my deadline because of a lack of communication. Angry to say the least.
Anyway… can’t dwell on things to much, and I am of the opinion that everything happens for a reason, so I will just forget about this and try for the other suggested grand/bursary idea and see where that one goes.
I am so, so ready to make this idea happen… just need some support and enthusiasm for it please 🙂 Or some angel/fairy godmother/genie who would like to support me and make everything happen… whichever comes first…