It’s graduation time, and design students all over the country are putting their college days behind them. After countless hours logged in the studio, late nights, and a heck-of-a-lot of time spent preparing portfolios, the time has come to hit the pavement in search of that first design job. Or, perhaps you’re a seasoned pro in search of change. Whatever your circumstances, having a strong portfolio is just one piece of the puzzle. Before you step into your first meeting, take some time to prepare.
Rehearse, rework, and rehearse some more.
So, your portfolio is shiny and complete, and you’ve scheduled your first meeting! You’re all set, right? Perhaps, but more than likely, you need to do some prep on the presentation. When presenting your portfolio, be prepared to take the reins in the conversation. Assume that you’ll be in charge of talking through your work, and be prepared for a reviewer that might have little to say until you’re finished. It’s better to be over-prepared, and practice is key. Invest time in rehearsing your presentation, and you will begin to recognize areas that flow smoothly as well as others that could use some work. You might also come across a few projects that aren’t as strong as others. Practicing ahead of time allows you the opportunity to act on problems and weaknesses in advance.