It has been six years since I decided to go for a career in graphic design. These are the best tips I’ve discovered along my journey to becoming a full-time designer. First, I’d recommend that you consider investing in a bachelor’s degree in graphic design rather than settling for an associate’s degree. That’s because the best positions require a bachelor’s degree. I personally chose to attend a liberal arts university that had a graphic design major. It gave me a well- rounded undergraduate experience with a degree that was easily transferable into a full-time permanent position. Second, get as many internships as you can! My undergrad degree, like most, required one internship for course credit. However, I would recommend getting more than one internship experience during college. I accepted two concurrent part-time internships in one summer. While many internships are not paid or offer a small travel stipend only, you can gain valuable experience and, in the long run, get better-paying jobs with a well-developed portfolio and resume. Third, care about your portfolio and resume. The best work in my portfolio came from actual work opportunities listed on my resume. A portfolio that is well designed and intentional can make you stand out as a new graduate. Initially, I created a simple site that I used while applying for internships, and that served me well for that time. As your work and experience expand, so should your portfolio and resume. Finally, be ready to sell yourself in an interview. To break into the design world and land the position you want, you have to be able to communicate why you want the job, why you are good for the job, and what in your portfolio and resume supports that. Practice with friends and think up specific examples of work experiences from your internships that you can use when a question is asked. For example, I was asked in one of my first post-graduation interviews if there was a time when I had to work with a client I disagreed with. I had specific stories ready about a client I loved working with and one I disagreed with, and was able to point out the piece in my portfolio that I was speaking to. I believe that story preparation allowed me to sell my experience with a strong deliverable, which helped me land myself in the graphic design field.