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Hey guys, I know for a lot of you graduation is coming up super fast, and it seems completely absurd that it's been almost a year ago since I was in that boat.  I well remember the two options presented to me:

1) Get a studio job.  Preferably close to home.
2) Move back in with my parents.  Possibly get a day job or something.

I just wanted to remind ...whoever is reading this... that there are about a gazillion alternatives.  In fact, any possible train of actions you can conceive of is an option.  It's hard to think of options not presented to you as options, but you really can go anywhere and do anything.  This is the only time in our lives when we don't have any greater obligations- we don't have a wife and kids to provide for, no company that would collapse without us, our bodies can handle sleeping on a springy old couch for a while.  This is EXACTLY when you should take a gigantic risk because the only thing you actually NEED to "make it work" is perseverance and optimism.  (I'm not going to lie, a pair of devoted and generous parents doesn't hurt while you make the transition, and for the record I know times are tough but at least ASK them before you assume that they wouldn't help you out with money stuff for a while.)

I'm an absolute mess, and I'm only about 50% self-sufficient, but that proportion is growing every month and so is my confidence and the one thing I've NEVER doubted is that jumping on a plane to the other side of the country the day after graduation was exactly the right choice for me.

Pep talk over.  I just wanted to get my 2 cents in there since I'm certain it's on a lot of y'all's minds.  Best of luck!
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sketcheth Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for this. It's nice to hear.
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ninkira Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Great advice! May I ask, what made you chose to go to RISD? I am considering aiming for that school.
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Lorhs Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
So you moved out there before finding a job?
Also, I'm a long way off from graduating, but this is very inspiring!
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Elitropio Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
*raises hand* Me too! Me too!

...signing the "I think BIG even if my parents are not devoted and generous!" group too. :P
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ashkey Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
You have no idea how encouraging this is to read. I graduated when you did, by the sounds of it, but in my situation my SO of five years got a job across the country and I've been unable to follow because of not managing to get a career going. I've thought of every situation/solution possible, in my mind, but it's really encouraging to know that it's still possible to be surprised other options popping up. Does this mean managed to lasso a job in whatever industry you're aiming for, or an entry-type position? Either way, good for you making it happen!
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sakya Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Artist
clap clap. I m figuring out what to reply.

But maybe if I only clap my hands I'll make my point :)
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teh-jinxie-girlie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
Great timing, I know a few people you need these words of wisdom. I wish you the best with whatever you do!
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mox-ie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i think you just read a thousand soon-to-be-grads minds'. great post- really reassuring! thank you!
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Ameko-no-Mori Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Here here!! I have been going through the transition myself, and would love to second all this, as well as add my own two cents - that you should not let anyone convince you to entrench yourself in a full time job until you're CERTAIN is where you want to be. It's easy to lose yourself in being busy and not notice that the world is changing around you, and that you're growing up and missing opportunities in the fields you love. You do not need to work full time to be self-sufficient - you just need to be creative. Stay on people's couches in exchange for chores if you need to. I know that the money is tempting, but your youth and time is priceless. I am now personally quite happily situated working just about three hours a day, plus odd jobs maybe once a week, and am making enough to pay of my hefty loans. I'm living at my boyfriend's parent's house where I pay my keep by helping them file all of their records. I work at a publishing firm for no pay, I'm a tutor for pay, and I have the time in my mind to pursue my long-term career goals! (MA in education, down the road). So that's my two cents. Don't let anyone tell you that your time is worth money - it can be, but it's important to prioritize and stay healthy in this transition time - I say save the full time job for when you are certain of what you want in life (and if you're certain, kudos to you!)

(Also, thanks, your advice is super rocking! I have been feeling somewhat trapped - and am just now getting excited to go on some adventures and leave home base for a while. Nice to have that feeling affirmed - that this is our youth, and this is the time!)
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itsanidiom Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I plan on leaving my safe English speaking Haven of Canada and move to Germany for at least a year D: I'm scared but at least I still have 1.5 - 2 years before I'll be able to grad
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