Episode 101

101: Starting a new design job

Starting a new design job can be scary. Not only are there new colleagues to get to know, but new design processes and projects to get your head around, and no doubt a million questions. In this episode we continue our jobs series and share our advice for how to handle your first day of a new job.

“You’ve gone through the hard part of doing the interview and getting the job, but you still ask yourself “Am I good enough for this?” and you want to prove to them that they made the right decision.”

— Femke

Key takeaways

1 | It’s completely normal to feel a little lost and uncomfortable when you start a new job. The only way to get over this and start feeling at home is to ask questions. Don’t be afraid that you’re annoying your team or that the questions make you look dumb: they’re not. Asking questions gets you up to speed faster.


2 | You’ll be spending a lot of time with your new team mates, so it’s worth getting to know them on a personal level. Ask them what they’re passionate about. Ask them where their favorite lunch spot is. Forming a good relationship with them will be a huge benefit to your design process.


3 | One of the most important things to learn at a new company is who you’re designing for. Get to know your new target audience well, and don’t wait to be told the information; seek it out specifically.


4 | Feeling imposter syndrome and a need to prove your worth are common when starting a new job. The way to move past this is to achieve something small early on. Ask your team if there’s anything that’s been holding them back, or anything that needs to get done that they’ve been putting off and be the one to get it done. It will give you a boost of confidence and show that you’re here to get stuck in and help.

Show timestamps

00:40 Intro and catch up
04:10 What worries us most on our first day
12:00 Advice for getting to know your team mates
15:00 Preparing for a new job as a designer
21:20 Getting used to office structure after freelancing
23:30 Proving your worth
26:45 Choosing your equipment
28:10 Getting to know the processes
32:30 Last words of advice
36:00 Recommendations from Design Life community members

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