October 29, 2013

Career Coffee Break: Josh Taylor

Career Coffee Break: Josh Taylor from Pratt Success on Vimeo.

Josh Taylor graduated from Pratt in 2002 with a BFA in illustration. Since then has gone on to work as freelance illustrator, as well as garnering extensive recognition for his fine art, showing frequently in galleries across the US and abroad. The Pratt Success Career Ambassadors visited him at New York Comic Con this year, where he was featured in the group art exhibition, Heroes of the Block!

The Career Coffee Break program is run by the Pratt Success Career Ambassadors for the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) at Pratt Institute. The Career Ambassadors 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 us know how you take your coffee.

October 2, 2013

Internship Success With Jinie Choi: Revlon

by Britt Gettys

Photo Courtesy of Jinie Choi and Revlon

Revlon's U.S. Regional Department HQ
“My name is Jinie Choi.  I’m a Communications Design Major, and, unfortunately, a senior.  I work for Revlon Cosmetics.  I believe they make flying cars and rainbow machines, but I'm not sure, I just do graphic design there so they don't tell me all the secrets of their products.  [There are a] hell of a lot of cosmetics lying around in the office space though.”  
Jinie Choi may sound unenthusiastic about her impending graduation date (May 2014), but her nonchalance about her new job speaks volumes.  Revlon marks her fifth internship experience, “if you count my brief one day internship at Fisher Price,” making Jinie more than familiar with the workplace and it’s ups and downs.  For Jinie, any work is an opportunity, and she’s open to every opportunity 24/7.
When talking about how to find an internship, and how she ended up working at Revlon, Jinie highlights the grueling, yet rewarding, process of weeding through job postings.  “I receive approximately 15 emails a day from different websites that alert me about internship opportunities: Beyond, Internships.com, Intern Match, Glass Door, Linkedin, etc.  I managed to fish out this one from the hundreds I received.”   A time consuming process, but one that’s yielded results and a variety of job experience.
While reviewing job postings can be grueling, Internships.com and Intern Match streamline the process by allowing students and graduates to filter their searches by location, field of study, and whether the internship will be paid or unpaid.  They also let users follow the listings of specific companies, to find internships based on selected criteria.  “Ultimately, college internships aren’t about getting a name on your resume, they are about breaking into an industry you love and stacking the odds in your favor that you will land a rock star job right out of college,” says InternMatch.  Both sites provide helpful tips on resume and portfolio building, and go over the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of the interview process.  If that’s not helpful enough, be inspired by the statistics they cite: “70% of internships turn into full time jobs.”
On the job, Jinie does a lot of “intern-y” things,” which includes assisting other employees with the multiple graphic design demands thrown their way, package design, editorials, mock-ups, and presentation signs.  “Most recently I created a layout for an insert in a magazine, designed a hair dye package, and made forty-two mock-ups of the design to be sent out to different customers as samples.  I also was requested to comp men’s deodorant labels and made forty of those as well.  It was a blurred motion kind of day.”
The best part of being an intern at Revlon is the slice of reality cake they serve you,” says Jinie.  According to her, Revlon allowed her to take everything she’s learned about communications design at Pratt into the real world.  “It's very different from the way things are dealt in class at most times. You realize that a dodecahedron packaging for a golf ball might not be the most cost-effective way to sell things.  Ilearned the most about the things I expected the least.  I was taught 3-D programs to help design product displays.  And of course I learned about mass production of ads and products.”  
Revlon products decorate
their studio.
Aside from the educational experience, Revlon’s teaching program also provides Jinie with monthly field trips, gives her opportunities to pitch her own ideas, and reviews her portfolio to see if they can give her an assignment that will better her portfolio.  “Oh, and I get free coffee from the industrial size Keurig machine.”  As far as she’s concerned, the only real downside to her internship is that she doesn’t get free makeup.

Revlon doesn’t mark the end for Jinie’s career arc.  She’s already looking into internships for this summer.  “I am actually applying to an internship for next year that my professor has recommended for me,” she tells us.  “Never forget that your professors are the biggest connections to your career. They're not just professors, they're working professionals, and they have a wide network.  They have a lot to say, and much more to offer.”    

Interviewed September 16th, 2013 by Britt Gettys