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“Lesson learned? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Everyone fails, so fail faster— then you can learn quicker.” HOLLY KARLSSON DIRECTOR, UNITED STATES I was working as a junior designer at an advertising agency in London, and I was finalising a government ad campaign that was to be printed nationwide. I wanted to ensure all the elements were aligned properly and I decided, under pressure and in a rush, that using a thin lined box over the ad to help me align the elements was a good idea. You guessed it—it was sent to print with the box still on the ad! Epic fail. My lesson? Never rush preparing a design for production. Also, always use the align palette! We all make mistakes—we just need to learn from each one.

ED BAPTIST FULL-TIME TEACHER, MANCHESTER My very first day of work after I graduated, I was freelancing at a really high-end retouching studio and was supposed to be putting their portfolio together. I turned up to find that there was no mouse! Just a graphics tablet I’d never used before. I had a mini-panic, then pulled myself together and figured it out. But I probably lost half a day. Lesson learned? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You’re a junior—no one expects you to know everything. Everyone fails, so fail faster—then you can learn quicker.

BRENTON CRAIG PART-TIME TEACHER, BRISBANE

PETER OGDEN FULL-TIME TEACHER, NEW YORK A lot of my first mistakes happened in job interviews. The upside was being able to know what not to say in future interviews! One memorable moment was presenting my portfolio to a couple of senior designers, and getting to one of my magazine projects and pointing out all that was wrong with it. “Don’t look too closely at the typesetting here…” They said that by drawing that kind of attention to my mistakes, that’s all they were able to focus on.  From that experience on, I’ve only ever pointed out the positives in the work I’m presenting. I’ve been offered a job for every interview since!

While I was working as a junior designer at an ad agency, the studio manager allowed me to do my own freelance work in my downtime. I accidentally purchased a bunch of stock images while being logged into the agency account and not my own. But I didn’t realise I had done so until the accounts guy came up to me a few weeks later and asked what job code to charge the images to. I lied and said a client! 9 // Shillington Post

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To celebrate our very first issue of the Post, we’re riffing on the theme of firsts. Seven of our teachers have bravely shared with us the f...