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Jansen: Graduate Spotlight – Graphic Design & Web Development
Meet Jansen, a Graphic Design and Web Development graduate from F.I.R.S.T. Institute of Orlando, Florida. He says he has felt a need to express his creative purpose since childhood. His reflection of those times includes getting into trouble in middle and high school for drawing in class. Teachers assumed he wasn’t paying attention, and therefore, wasn’t giving it his all.
In time, through various life experiences and research, he stumbled upon the graphic design industry. F.I.R.S.T. Institute gave Jansen the opportunity to enter into a career in which he was actually interested.
Jansen: Experiences in Creative Art
At first, Jansen had little experience in creating art. He would use simple tools, such as pens, pencils, crayons and anything else he could get his hands on to express his creativity. His earlier pieces were very simplistic and ununiform. There were no limits or boundaries. Everything was purely abstract.
As he got older, he began caring more about organization. This meant concentrating more on geometric lines, making his images more intricate and adding creative details.
One of his fun-time pastimes during childhood was to create graffiti art for people. Jansen was always drawing doodles and other little graphics for his friends. As he grew older, he realized there was money in painting.
People would pay him to paint their favorite super hero or their favorite location. He really, really enjoyed creating something that helps to transform another person’s vision into a reality.
Jansen Chooses F.I.R.S.T. Institute Graphic Design School
What initially attracted Jansen to F.I.R.S.T. Institute was the graphic design school’s accessibility. He says the school makes it a point to give each student an ultimate experience since there’s a variety of different graphic design types. This is done through the Orlando campus’ environment, facilities, staff, and their desire to want to teach various creative outlets.
The F.I.R.S.T. Institute graduate says the graphic and web design school offers a classroom view, as well as the correct environment for learning the art of designing graphics. And, everything is kept professional. His technical schooling made him feel as though he has a purpose and is on the right track to a growing design career.
About F.I.R.S.T. Institute of Orlando
Because of the way the courses are structured, all the tools you need are placed right in your hands. Everything was hands-on for Jansen as a F.I.R.S.T. Institute student. He enjoyed how each student was allowed to learn at his/her own pace. Students have complete control over their own creativity, which is crucial in a learning environment. This is especially true when the school itself is extremely interested in helping each student become successful.
From Intern to Paid Employee
F.I.R.S.T. Institute really helped pave the way for Jansen’s career in graphic design. He talks about the school’s internship program. There, he was able to integrate what he had learned at F.I.R.S.T. with the work he performed during his internship at 100units.com.
Once his internship was complete, the company offered Jansen a paying position. This multi-family investment company trusts the F.I.R.S.T. graduate as a graphic designer, as well as a visual content manager.
Advice from a F.I.R.S.T. Institute Graphic Design Graduate
Jansen offers some advice to anyone looking into a career in video production, professional design, graphic design or music recording. Always practice, because that leads to perfection.
And, never be afraid to put yourself in new environments. Working in areas you are unsure of is the ultimate way to gain the experience you need to succeed in this industry.
According to the graphic school graduate, if you are intimidated about going to school, F.I.R.S.T. Institute is the place for you. So, get going, because the sooner you start doing the things you want to do in life, the sooner you will start to reap results.