Web Design & Interactive Media
Front End Developer and Graphic Designer for Alta Vista Solutions
The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
[The Art Institute of California—Sacramento] knows the industry and makes every effort to [help students to] make the transition from school to the real workforce. Lindsay Eskildsen , Front End Developer and Graphic Designer for Alta Vista Solutions Associate of Science in Web Design & Interactive Media, 2012 , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
She adds that the majority of her work is project oriented with an occasional corporate assignment. “For the most part, my job allows for flex hours which allows for more actual valuable work time, less time commuting. Depending on the day, I rotate between our clients’ offices, our Sacramento office, and attend bi-weekly meetings in Richmond where our headquarters office is located.” Lindsay spends her time doing research, collaborating, brainstorming, designing, developing, testing, debugging, in meetings, and talking to vendors. “I check my email every hour or so to make sure I am up-to-date and in sync with my clients and team. I find I am more productive throughout the day when I take short breaks during demanding projects, giving me opportunity to refresh and refocus. Before the end of day I like to check in one last time with my clients and/or team to let them know where I am on my projects.”
Prior to her current position, Lindsay was a front end web developer for Granite Horizon, a front end web developer (internship) for Page Design Group, and a front end web developer (internship) for the Citizen’s Redistricting Committee. She also freelances.
She says that the creative industry is demanding and can feel overwhelming. “Step away from your desk, giving your mind and eyes a break. Give yourself time to regroup. Write down and prioritize your projects. Break down big tasks into smaller tasks so they don’t seem so overwhelming or daunting. Then check off each task as you complete it. It feels great when the task list gets shorter and shorter.”
Lindsay adds that it’s important to assess where you are in a career—in order to keep moving forward. “At one of my prior places of employment, though I loved the company and fellow workers, I felt I’d come to a standstill in my personal growth. After careful assessment of where I was and where I wanted to be, I felt it was time to move on. I found a new job that ended up being the best decision I have made in my career so far.”
Lindsay also takes classes, attends seminars, reads blogs, and watches tutorials to keep growing professionally. “At the end of the day, this is your career so you need to make it a priority and nurture it.” She says that her company encourages creativity. She cites a time when her boss worked to ensure that creativity remained an important part of the design process—even as the company implemented lean engineering. “My boss emphasized that we cannot cut this process short when we when are striving to come up with something that is meaningful, powerful, and lasting.”
When she applied for her current job, she knew that she didn’t fulfill all of the job requirements—but she knew that she had the creativity and perseverance to prove her worth. “[The company] saw the value in incorporating someone with my background, which in turn has given me the opportunity to thrive in a new environment.” She says that soon she was working with many groups inside the company—and her growing skillsets opened doors to exciting projects. She was also rewarded with a raise.