Get your first Product Design job

For students and new professionals looking to land their first job. Learn best practices for how to navigate your education path, build a portfolio, and prepare for an interview.

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Identify your interests and strengths

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Decide what job type to start your career in

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Build your portfolio

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Your portfolio is the digital representation of your skills and potential. Investing the time to effectively communicate your work is one of the highest impact things you can do.

Structure your portfolio to best communicate your skillsets

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Prepare for your interview

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There’s more opportunity for design internships and jobs than ever. Set yourself apart and do the necessary research and preparation to find the right one.

Questions to ask in an interview to understand the culture of a team and company

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  • Daniel Waldron

    Ask if meals are catered, if so, which ones.

    If breakfast is served, thats cool and may mean they just want everyone to be alert and healthy. If dinner is served this is a big red flag for me. This can mean that they only value your time spent in the office and don't want you to leave ... more

  • Samihah Azim

    Ask questions that help you figure out how designers interface with each other.

    Are designers silo'd from each other? Or do designers regularly interface with each other on some regular cadence (weekly design crits, bi-weekly team crits, etc). Asking questions around team structure will help you understand how designers... more

  • Daniel Waldron

    And finally... ask a lot of questions.

    Find the things you care about and dig into them. Figure out ways to sneak questions into casual conversation and disguise them as something else if need be. There is no dumb question, so don't be a dummy. Ask away.

Communicate your thought process in an interview

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