Hi there, my name is Cara, and I’m a graphic designer. Here’s the thing, I’m not currently employed as one. Here’s the other thing: It doesn’t matter whether I am or not, I am still a graphic designer, to my very bones. I’ve had a couple of different opportunities—I spent one glorious month working at a sign shop designing for a variety of clients, where I got to create everything from logos to car wraps, all of which were loved by the clients. Then I got fired after the 30-day probation period, because of a personality conflict (yeah, blindside much?). I was devastated. I cried. I sulked. I didn’t want to adult anymore. But, then I hit on an epiphany: The 30 days I had spent doing what I had spent all of my time in college learning to do—it had shown me a truth I needed to see, that every second I had spent learning my craft was and would be worth it when I found the right place. I didn’t know I was worried whether that was true or not until I realized it was. I have found my calling, and I am pursuing every design opportunity that comes my way, whether through freelance, contract jobs, or elsewhere. I am connecting with designers all over the country through LinkedIn, and through my website. I am learning everything I can, because in the end it can only help me achieve my dream job, which I now know for certain will be in graphic design. I can achieve my dream, and you can too, if you want it badly enough. It will be hard, and it will take a LOT of work. And every second of that work will be worth it. If you would like to see some of my work, check out my portfolio website at www.cara-maib-design.com.