As spring approaches and my Facebook feed fills with graduation photos the familiar sounds of ‘pump and circus’ echo in my head. In May of 2014, 4 years ago, I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. I made it through the rigorous obstacle course that is known to many as the senior thesis. A year long process for visual and performing art students demonstrating what they have learned during their journey. I was ready to graduate and begin my career as a graphic designer filled with much hope and joy. At the time I imagined I would hit the ground running and jump right into a 'forever job'. That was not the case and after four years of treading water I finally feel like I’m starting to progress in my career. It goes without saying that there is still much to learn and achieve but here are some things I learned along the way that I hope can help new designers and creatives entering the field.