The cover story of our In-House Design Issue featured conversations with leading in-house creatives about how they and their companies are adapting to a landscape where speed, agility and brand knowledge have become more important than ever before.
Each of our sources was kind enough to offer some extra advice to emerging designers that are looking to start their careers in an in-house environment.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Usually I tell young people to go out and do agency work first. Do some super exciting work on fifty thousand things and learn as much as you can. Move around. And when and if you decide that you would like to work somewhere where you can dive into a business and learn all the intricacies and culture in depth, and it’s compatible with your personality and your lifestyle, then I would say go for it.”
-Laurent Roy, TD Bank Group
“I would try to round out how I present myself. One of the guys we hired is a reservist in the military, which to me is so unique and very telling. We see that come through in everything he does—that discipline, that organization, that punctuality. We hired one woman who lives on a farm. She brings a very different outlook on life than our designers who live in downtown Toronto condos. So, we know you’re a designer, but what else are you?”
-Jason Cassidy, Senior Manager, Digital & Creative, Cara Operations
“Look for jobs in companies where continuous learning is encouraged and valued. Be a learner. You need to keep growing and learning and evolving your skills. This can be a challenge in big organizations, and complacency can set in. If you find you are somewhere where this isn’t a priority, you need to take the initiative and be responsible to yourself and the investment you have already made in your career to keep learning.”
-Shannon Olliffe, Supervisor, City Clerk’s Office, Design Services, The City of Toronto
“I can’t really get away from [the Giant Tiger brand] too much. It’s everywhere. But I do take care to recharge my batteries. For example, Winterlude is kicking off in Ottawa this weekend* and I’ll be taking my little girls and my wife down to Rideau Canal. The weekends are the days when I take time to reenergize myself.”
-Pat Farley, Senior Graphic Designer—Brand, Giant Tiger Stores