Nine years ago, I wanted to be an IA
Nine years ago, I wanted to be an IA when I grew up. This is what I wrote:
"But I don't want just any job. I want my dream job. I want to work for an agency that handles a diverse number of projects in a diverse number of industries. I want to work for a design company, or a company with a large design department, where they appreciate the advantages design brings to the table, where they understand that design is now a required component of good business.
To get me to my dream job, I need several things: there a couple of holes in my portfolio; I need a network of professional colleagues (how else do you land the dream job); I need my colleagues to know that I know what I'm doing (and that I'm damn good); and I need suitable resume fluff that says the same."
I'd met my goal roughly two years after writing this. And it probably took five years, total, from start to finish.
This is why anytime anyone comes up and tells me about their similar dream, I give them the advice I took for myself: get a network and do good work.