Do What You Like, Like What You Do

April 8, 2014

Corie Kupferberg, a former Hofstra design student, spoke with design classes about her position as Strategic Sales Coordinator at Undertone Media in New York and her journey thus far.

Though Corie Started as a history major at Hofstra, she soon found that was not the right path for her. Design allowed her to be creative while also using her analytical, problem solving side. She interned at 9 Design Studio, Core77, and Conde Nast. She’s advanced in her career through making connection, loving what she’s doing, and dedication.

Here are a few key points I took away from the discussion:

  1. There is no such thing as “chill out.” Think about what you want to do in a week, a year, or five years from now. Having specific goals and keeping yourself on track to achieving those is incredibly necessary.

  2. Design is not just about the visual, it’s also about the process. It is a way to solve problems.

  3. Being self aware is part of thinking ahead, knowing what you want, and how you can present yourself to get that

  4. As an intern, think about the problems you can solve and what you can give back, not just what you can learn. Ask yourself “how can you make life easier for those around you?” and be proactive about it.

  5. When you hit the working world, you will be working with all ages. Align your style and skills to be able to get along and work well with anyone who you may encounter.

Design skills can be used at any company, throughout any time. Everything is constantly changing, but if you are open to always learning, you can stand out and succeed in all your career goals.

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