December 16, 2011

Career Coffee Break: Erwin Gorostiza



Erwin Gorostiza is a Pratt Alum working as the Creative Director at RCA Music Group. He graduated in 1988 with a B.F.A in Graphic Design and spoke with us about his experience in school and after he graduated.
Career Coffee Break is a program run by the Peer Counselors in the Peer to Peer Program in Pratt Institute's Office of Career Services. The Peer Counselors bring coffee to Pratt Alumni in their studio and interview them on what life is like after graduation.

If you are a Pratt Alumni and want to participate in this project, email success@pratt.edu and let them know how you take your coffee.

December 15, 2011

A Farewell from a Peer





















That's me on the right (front) with the fishface.

Hey guys! I'm Christee Curran, one of the Peers who updates the Pratt Success Blog, mostly doing the Peer Book Reports, where I review the career development books we have here in the Career Services Office at Pratt. I am graduating this semester, and I will be starting the New Year fresh out of school as a freelance illustrator. I'm a little scared, but very excited. I don't know exactly where I'll wind up, but wherever it may be, I'll work as hard as I can to get there. I am thankful for all of the connections with the friends, classmates, faculty, and staff members I have made over the past three and a half years (I transferred here from Rutgers MGSA). I also feel privileged to have been involved with the Career Services office from my very first week at Pratt, in September of 2008.

Now, as a "Super-Senior," I would like to offer some parting words of humble advice. It is not enough to go to Pratt and do your homework, counting down the days each semester when you know you will be met with either a Winter or Summer Break. Pratt is what you make of it, like anything else you will experience in your life. Those eight semesters will come one after the other and end sooner than you think, and once you're in the "real world" (I hate that term), you will find yourself reminiscing about the miserable all-nighters in studio and the cryptic crits of frazzling professors. My recommendation is to be proactive from the beginning: it starts with getting involved with campus clubs and organizations, but it can extend to getting involved with internships and jobs. The connections you forge here can have surprising rewards. They did for me, and I wouldn't change anything. Thanks for reading, and don't forget to stop by East One for some career counseling and a good book!

Best wishes and have a Happy New Year,

Christee

Peer Book Report: The Education of a Design Entrepreneur, edited by Steven Heller





















The Education of a Design Entrepreneur, edited by Steven Heller

Being a Designer often means being your own boss and running your own business. "Getting a job right out of school" was never a very common luxury, but it's less of a luxury in the present economic climate. But that doesn't mean Designers don't have the opportunity to succeed: being a self-starter is more important now than ever, and it is crucial to recognize that those who succeed are willing to take some risks and leaps of faith. Steven Heller explores this notion one-on-one with many successful Designers, some of whom are:


  • Stephan Van Dam, Mapmaker, Vandam's Digital Map Library in New York
  • David M. Kelley, CEO of IDEO
  • Ellen Shapiro, Principal of Ellen Shapiro Design
  • Maira Kalman, Cofounder of M&Co.
  • Gary Baseman, Illustrator and Creator of Teacher's Pet (a cartoon from the late 1990s)
  • Chip Kidd, Author and Designer
  • Jay Vigon, Graphic and Fashion Designer
  • Alexander Isley, Principal of Isley Design
  • David Volgner, Designer of "Gak" for Nickelodeon Consumer Products


This is just a small handful from the collection of Designers and their invaluable advice. There are over 250 pages here of help and encouragement. As cheesy as it sounds, you can learn the secrets of a lot of success stories.

December 8, 2011

Career Coffee Break: Judy Nylen



Judy Nylen, Director of Career Services 
Pratt Institute Alumna, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Library Science 


We bring you this special edition coffee break featuring our very own Director of Career Services, Judy Nylen. In honor of her time and achievements in the office, we met with Judy to talk about her experiences and plans for the future. As a former graduate student turned staff, Judy offers insightful advice about what it means to be an artist that only experience can give. 


Thank you Judy for making the Career Services office what it is today and guiding many students in the direction of their own careers! 



December 6, 2011

Career Coffee Break: Wennie Huang

Pratt Institute Alumnus, Bachelors in Fine Arts, 1994
We met up with Wennie Huang and talked about her experience as a student and eventually becoming a professor while establishing herself as a fine artist.
Career Coffee Break is a program run by the Peer Counselors in the Peer to Peer Program in Pratt Institute's Office of Career Services. The Peer Counselors bring coffee to Pratt Alumni in their studio and interview them on what life is like after graduation.

If you are a Pratt Alumni and want to participate in this project, email success@pratt.edu and let them know how you take your coffee.