Stepping into the Working World
Dalaine Wall, Design Assistant
As a student I initially felt unqualified and nervous about stepping out of post-secondary and into a “real life” situation. But the urge to prove myself pushed past these feelings of apprehension and I applied to the Works to Work Internship. Thus far The Works internship program has delivered on its promise of: mentorship, continuous learning, and relevant experience.
They have perfected the balance of guided and self-directed work, giving me the space to grow as a person and a designer. Through this my confidence has grown and I have become more willing to take chances and make mistakes.
Completing design work in a real life situation is dramatically different compared to a school situation. Each project is still educational, stressful, and rewarding. However it feels different, the key reason for this is teamwork. The workflow is different as everyone has a symbiotic relationship to each other.
As the design intern I gain information and projects from multiple departments. This is really exciting as it provides me with insights into each area. This insight is a privilege and a rare opportunity as I get to understand how each department supports each other. Which I believe is easy to lose sight of when you are not directly working with another department.