So as we approach the end of the semester with just about a month left , I started to think about what I have learned throughout college that I have actually used in my actual everyday job.
The first and most important thing I learned was to be humble. When you are fresh out of college or even starting a new job some people tend to jump right in and act like they know everything when in reality they know nothing yet. It is not a bad thing to admit you don’t know much that’s what life is all about. FIT has always encouraged me to ask questions and learn, take in as much as you can, and if it is your first day don’t act like it is your 500th day. Being humble is also realizing you need start somewhere , that can be as an intern, a secretary, whatever it may be but one day you will work your way up the ladder, I promise!
Next, don’t take criticism to heart. For every Art and Design student you know what I am talking about. There will be people who love your work ethic or work while others do not. If they don’t work harder and do your best. Don’t dwell on one person giving you a hard criticism.
Network, regardless if you think your doing it now you are. Making connections with your peers and professors is a great way to start!
Communication, emails and daily contact around the office are apart of everyday life. You email your friends, teachers, bosses. But please remember not to email your coworkers or bosses like you do with your friends or call your boss girl or dude ( unless that’s the kind of place it is) everything varies but FIT taught you to know the differences in settings!
Lastly, Time management sometimes you will be given a task at your job to work alone on. Projects and deadlines have prepared you for this! The task may be given a certain amount of time to be done in. Say its the 1st of the month and its due the last day of the month. Do not sit at your desk and wait till the second to last day to complete it , finish it at a good pace. Don’t go to fast and miss things but do get it done as soon as possible and ask for more work. In college we do learn time management but sometimes we slack and wait till right before its due.
FIT has taught me a lot and has made me think in a different way then some of my other colleagues, a more creative way at times. But it doesn’t mean I still cant learn more everyday from someone new or with more experience.
What has FIT taught you that you apply in your work place?
Many of you who are stumbling across the blog probably just got accepted to FIT! First off, congratulations! It is an incredible honor to be accepted into one of the most renowned fashion schools in the world! You should be very proud of yourself and of the hard work and time that you put into getting accepted. Reflecting back on when I was admitted 3 years ago in 2013, I was a completely different person. Coming to FIT will transform you for the better. Your professors and classmates will push you to create your best work. You are in a city full of people who are giving their all in order to succeed, and that will only make you work harder. FIT is a school where the assignments that you are given are relevant to the industry. You’ll go on fieldtrips to museums, galleries, and top businesses in the field. You are going to a school that has the opportunity to be hands on because New York City is truly our campus. Your assignments will allow you to explore the city and learn valuable information that you couldn’t get first hand anywhere else. That is why I chose FIT.
So I recently ran into a problem and I thought this might be a problem for most people. I currently work full time and have a part time internship so I take all of my classes online so I have enough time for everything . Commuting to NYC it takes about 2 1/2 hours out of my day. So if I have a class from 9:00-12:00 I have to get on the 12:45 train and then wont get home till 1:50-2:00 then I cant get much work in from 2:00-5:00 when my job is open.
So as you can see why I need to take all my classes online but as I went to register for my last semester there was a math class I needed to take , and the online section was full. I figured I could do one of two things try and take the class somewhere else over the summer or take a chance and see if someone will drop the online math class next semester.
Instead of taking the chance I went to my local community college which is also down the street from my job. But since I live in New Jersey I need to make sure the credits will transfer, and your in luck because there is a way you can get the course approved before taking it and wasting your time!
How to make sure your course is approved:
First thing is first you need to look at FIT’s description of the course and the college of your choices description and see what matches best. Next you need to fill out the “course equivalency” form http://www.fitnyc.edu/registrar/forms/reg-courseequivalency.pdf.Then either email it to Fit_Registrar@fitnyc.edu or Visit them in C158 with the form and a copy of the course syllabus from the other school.
This process takes about 5 days before they respond to you . Then you will find out if you are approved or not and once you are just go sign up at the other school ! It is actually really simple!
As much as I would love to take all my courses at FIT sometimes you need to go elsewhere to graduate on time or take a class that isn’t offered in the summer or winter because of work, other classes, ect. I am still waiting to hear back to see if my classes are approved , but hopefully I will get my class in this summer and graduate in time!
While most of us are currently on spring break and enjoying our time off, we cannot neglect the fact that registration for next semester is happening in the next couple of weeks! For me, it is the most wonderful time of the year because I get to plan ahead! Nothing makes me more excited than knowing what my future semester is going to look like. While that may sound ridiculous, there is a certain level of ease that comes over me once I see that I am ready to go and move forward with my education. If registration time freaks you out, I’m here to give you a few tips to put yourself at ease.
Visit your academic advisor! I covered how to make an appointment with your advisor here. Your advisor will help guide you and tell you what classes you can take and need to take. Not every class is available to your major or counts towards graduation. Make sure that you don’t get behind and talk to your advisor about your concerns!
Prepare for the big day. While I have never heard of any student doing this, don’t pick your classes AS you’re registering. Classes fill up FAST, so if you aren’t prepared, you may not get the classes you prefer at your desired time. Plan out what classes you want to take and make a mock schedule based on the availabilities. You can view the classes and times that they are being offered on your myFIT account!
Write down the ISBN numbers. So you got your registration time and you’re panicking because you’re at the same time as everyone else in your major. To ensure a speedy registration, write down the ISBN numbers associated with the class section that you want to take. When it comes time to register, you can type in the ISBN numbers, rather than going to search for each individual class.
Have a backup plan. While you may have followed the previous bullets to a T, you may not get the classes you want. Make a secondary schedule in case something falls through. While it may not be likely, you want to be as prepared as possible!
As midterms and term projects are starting to wind down, I am starting to begin my job search for after college. I still have till December to find a job but my hopes are to find a new internship over the summer who will then offer me a full time job before I am done with school. While for most this isn’t ideal but I have worked full time all throughout college and I am ready to accept the challenge. Some advice I recently received was that you cant wait around for your perfect job, when your first looking for a job you take the best offer and work your way up. I know so many people who have been out of college for years and are still bartending looking for there dream job, so you cant be picky.
Some places I have been looking are:
LinkedIn ( I have had the best results with LinkedIn, and its great because people can see your resume and qualifications before they even bring call you to set up a time to meet.)
If you have no luck with these you can always use the career center at FIT , as well as talk to some family friends, friends, family, ect. I have found my best jobs have been ones that I have known someone who’s known someone and recommended me for the position. Networking can only benefit you, even consider reaching out to old professors especially ones with there own business or who are still in the field.