By Johnae McDonald
Graphic Design Alumna Anne Tran graduated from the FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising program in Winter 2012, and has hit the ground running ever since. Currently a visual graphic designer for Forever 21, she gave us a little insight on what she does on a day-to-day basis, and offered some great advice to aspiring graphic designers.
(FIDMDigitalArts.com) What does your job entail on a daily basis?
(Tran) “We drive store sales by creating exciting and well-formatted visual directives that clearly communicate merchandising strategies.”
After being in the industry for a year, what are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned since graduating?
“Since working in this industry, I’ve learned that you should always be kind. I’ve also learned that it’s okay to be yourself and have confidence. If you act knowledgeable and confident, you will eventually become what you’re pretending to be.”
What advice do you have for graduating students who are currently interviewing?
“First impressions are important. Do some company research before the interview and your potential employer will be very impressed. Lastly, don’t forget to practice, practice, practice. Like they all say, practice makes perfect!”
What advice do you have for an entry-level creative? What does it take to be successful in their first year?
“To be successful you have to make priorities and goals. You also have to broaden your skills, network with your peers, and accept challenges. It’s always a good idea to step out of your comfort zone and explore new horizons. Lastly, you have to relax. Take time off for yourself because it will boost your productivity during weekdays.”
Is there anything that surprised you about working in the industry?
“My team and I at Forever 21 are very tight knit. Everyone’s energy is so upbeat. We know when to have fun and when to get serious.”
How did FIDM’s Graphic Design program prepare you for the environment that you are working in?
“I learned so much about Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, which enhanced my skills. I’m constantly working on directives and other projects, so the Graphic Design program taught me how to deal with deadlines. One of my instructors, Kevin Reagan, inspired me to always work hard and to never give up. He always motivated me to do well.”
What is the best part about your job?
“The best part of my job is being surrounded by talented people. I love interacting with my colleagues because they’re so helpful and encouraging.”
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