Keeping Your Design Career On Track

I came across an article today in the Wall Street Journal, When A Career Veers Off Track which had some good justification for seeking feedback. The article discusses that you can reduce your risk for derailment by paying attention to your value and effectiveness and by focusing on interpersonal skills, adaptability, team leadership and bottom-line results.

As a designer, getting feedback for the work that I do is, as one of my great mentors used to say, “worth its weight in gold!”

The article goes into detail about the benefits of such feedback, especially to avoid plateaus or slumps in your career because you will be constantly improving your job performance. Here at my place of work we have instituted weekly opportunities for peer feedback for the courses and learning objects that we develop. I see it as more than an opportunity for a second set of eyes, it is an opportunity to increase my performance.

Here are the take-always:

  • Ask for instant feedback
  • Increase your self-awareness
  • Pay attention to your firms organizational culture
  • Use empathy
  • Learn to listen
  • Collaborate
  • Deal with problem employees sooner rather than later
  • Delegate authority
  • Focus on the task at hand
  • Break out of the rut

I also like how the article states at the end that you should become known for your skill at adjusting to change, building strong relationships, leading effective teams and getting results. Your colleagues will appreciate it – and you’ll reap the professional rewards.

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About DaveHallmon

With experience in web, graphic, and instructional design, Dave maintains a balance between what is efficient and effective in every message. He always focuses on the why and how rather than "just doing it" to get the job done. By day he works at a leading university designing online courses that support 9,000 students in 64 countries. He works directly with faculty to brainstorm, design, and develop their online instruction utilizing the Adobe suite. He also teaches for the university as an adjunct faculty member in the area of web design. By night he is a devoted husband, father, freelancer, and adventurer of the outdoors. His other interests include LifeHacker, Science Fiction and Hayao Miyazaki movies, Settlers of Catan, and coffee with friends. He currently lives in St. Louis and has an M.S. in Instructional Design and aspires to pursue a professional degree in content marketing and strategy. Visit the links below for more information about his interests and design work.
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