Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Friday, June 3, 2011
Lol, I've started my working life.
The next step of life, after the education phase. And the most tiring, consuming, hectic and stressful for perhaps the remainder of your life, up till retirement. I started on 1 June. And while working on my first day, I suddenly had a split second thought come into my head that said "I'll be doing something like this for the rest of my life? What about bills? Cars? Expenses? I can't survive. I understand a few more reasons why people commit suicide now."
Yeah. On my first day of work, I thought of committing suicide. Okay, that's not the correct way to put it. More like I had flashes of new reasons of why people commit suicide. Thoughts like "I'm going to be doing this for the rest of my life?" More relevant reasons, along with the whole bunch I know well and some of which I've gone through. Great. Everyone tells me working life is more stressful than school life. That's true, for a bunch of obvious factors. First, you can't fail. You get FIRED. And unless you have insane savings and/or rich parents, your work pay is going to be your livelihood. In school days, unless you're one of the rare people who pays for your own education in its entirety, you'll be having your parents support you financially. But, at least I get paid =p.
First day was fine. The co-workers were really nice and introduced themselves easily. Creative Thumbprint has 4 graphic designers, which are made up of Suli, my TOA classmate, Yang Yang, a Lim Kok Wing graduate, and Tham, the head designer. I'm the newest addition. Then there's 5 account executives who help with admin work. There's Keith, Rachel, Wai Mun and Ka Wee (I swear people are calling me everytime they say his name). A copywriter, Jerome, just left a week ago. Then there's 3 big bosses; Terrence, the BIG BOSS, Wong and Steven, the art directors or something. They use a house that's been modified into an office, and it's pretty nice so far. The admins are downstairs, and designers are upstairs. I feel weird calling myself a graphic designer. I mean, its my job, but referring to myself as one... sounds pretty cool =p.
Each designer gets their own iMac, so that's pretty sweet. Using it practically is another thing though. I'm such a Windows guy that a lot of the commands and keys are hard to get used to. Especially in Photoshop and Illustrator. The "command" key basically replaces everything the "Ctrl" key does in Windows, but my fingers are so adept and familiar with the PC keyboards that I mess up my shortcuts pretty often. Not to mention I hate the Apple mouse. Zzz. Not the newest wireless mouse though; that's cool (I don't have that), but its the wire mouse with a little rollerball that doesn't work. That mouse is a nuisance. I'm glad Apple FINALLY gave their mouse 2 button clicks, instead of the retarded one. That would make my productivity even worse. However, it is a powerful piece of equipment, and it does the job well, especially when it comes to gigantic file sizes, so I'm fine with it.
It feels an awful lot like TOA though, in joking terms. I get a job brief with a set deadline, do my job, and once that's done, next assignment! Just like TOA! Lmao! There's a filing system, and of course clientele amendments should they be dissatisfied with certain things. Basically designers design, and admin takes care of the clients exchanges and meetings. Interesting system.
Of course, I just started, so there's a lot more to experience in the coming months. A lot more to do also. But for now, I am now officially a graphic designer. Okay, that sounds pretty cool when you're introducing yourself =D.