How to go from intern to full-time product designer

Tips on maximizing your growth as a new designer.


1. Convince yourself you’re not “just an intern.” 🤓

You can grow up without “growing up.” From my favorite bar in Chicago, where I attended Designation.

2. Grow confident in your whole-self. 💗

Me at my purest—case and point.

3. Build yourself a seat at the table. 🏗

I helped organize for Gusto to host an Inclusive Design event with A11yBay.

4. Develop unique design interests. 🔮

6. Improve your presentation skills. 💬

Introducing myself and my work to our executive team.

7. Learn how to prioritize your process. ⌛


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Caitlin Brisson

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Product Designer at Gusto // Visual scientist

Gusto Design

One intuitive place to manage payroll, benefits, and HR for your business. Goodbye, tedious work. Hello, meaningful work. We're hiring designers!