I don’t know how many people read my blog, and I don’t care. The only reason that I have one is because of an assignment for school. But after what happened to me yesterday I feel the need to write about it.
I’ve been working at my design job for exactly 6 months. Yesterday I got fired.
Now, I am not going to sit here and write that I was fucked over blah blah blah. I was the one that fucked up. I worked in a print shop. There was not a lot of designing involved. About once a week I would get a job that required a little design, nothing special. The rest of the time I was making sure the files we got were correctly set up for print and stepping them with the correct cut and fold lines. It requires a lot of math and ruler skills. Both of which, I am not the best at. I tried to improve those skills and I did get better at them. But long story short I did not update a job correctly with the right pages for a book. A page from last years book did not get replaced with a page for this year. It went all the way to print and to the customer before anyone noticed. I thought I was being extremely thorough and making sure all the pages were correct. But it wasn’t enough.
I understand the dilemma I put my boss in. He lost a few other jobs because of this mistake. It still hurt nonetheless. Not because I was let go but because I had been under so much stress because of this job and tried to work through it and I still couldn’t succeed at it.
When I got home I tried looking up some advice for situations like this and found nothing.
Granted, its only been a day but there was a since of relief being fired. My stress level is half gone. Now granted, I’m stressed how bills are going to get paid till I find another job, but my fiancé and I always manage to get through it.
Working in a print shop can be extremely stressful and my boss always added to it, his stress became my stress. Everyday I would go to work and say to myself before walking in the door, “Don’t fuck up.”
Nobody should have to tell his or her self that before going to work.
My point is, really think about it before applying for a job in a print department. I’m not saying don’t try, because at least I tried. That’s more then what most people do. But really think about if your ready for a job like that. I wasn’t but I’m grateful for the experience.
There were just some things I could not wrap my head around, printing and design are really too totally different things.
Design is endless; print is not. There are a lot of things that can’t work in a design once it needs to be printed. I was taught graphic design not print. Print is something that isn’t taught anymore. It’s learned through experience, and that’s what I have now. I now have a more extensive knowledge of print, which will guide me a long the way through my career.
One day I will find my dream job. I knew right off the bat that the one I had wasn’t but it was job.
If you find yourself in my situation don’t give up and don’t beat yourself up about it. It happens just make sure you learn from it. That’s all you can do.