If not Facebook, if not Instagram, then what?
“We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social media, the question is how well we DO IT” — Eric Qualman.
Last year(2016) I decided to get into a college for my masters degree (Masters in Design) which is why I wanted to give some time to create my portfolio and study for the entrance. After working for 1 and half year in a company as a UI/UX Designer, I decided to quit my job and focus completely on my studies and portfolio.
In Jan 2017, I almost completed with my college entrances and my portfolio. Feb end was the time when I got my results and I was suppose to join the college from mid July.
You must be wondering now where am I exactly going with all this? Well I want to let you know what all I did in those 5 months which I had before joining the college instead of just socializing.
1. Updated Behance.
Behance is a network of sites and services specializing in self-promotion, including consulting and online portfolio sites. So the first thing I started with was updating my Behance portfolio. The portfolio I built up during my preparation was later posted on Behance. Great place to land up on a job if you have a very fine and good work.
2. Started Writing.
Now you all know what medium stands for…obviously. My next target was to start writing on medium. I thought of multiple topics on which I can come up with a good idea. So I started researching on medium, on other blog websites, on UI/UX write up and finally landed up on the topic on which I found something to write about “Psychology affecting UX Design” and then from there I started writing posts on medium.
3. Updated LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a business and employment-oriented social networking service that operates via websites and mobile apps. So I wanted to be active on this platform as much as possible. I was thinking to take up some freelance projects in this period when I was completely free doing nothing. After updating my profile, commenting on number of freelance design posts, I got 3–4 clients from different countries to work on exciting projects.
4. Started posting on Dribbble
Dribbble is an online community for showcasing user-made artwork. It functions as a self-promotion and networking platform for graphic design, web design, illustrations and other creative areas. But here, the twist is that in dribbble you can not post your work unless you get an invitation from other designer. So yeah, I got lucky this time. I received an invitation on dribbble from a designer to post my shots. That was a YAY moment for me actually and now I try to post at least one design in a week or two and try to improve my work with every design artwork I share on dribbble. It is a great place where you can explore other designers work and improve yourself.
In these 5 months I learnt how to keep our work and ourselves updated. And by that I do not mean just on Facebook or Instagram but also on the other social medias from where you can actually show your talent and can also get paid for that by landing up on getting freelance jobs. We also get to know that what our level is, where we stand in the market and also get to learn from the other talented people which are out there.
Thank you :)