Alumni Stories

Marius Serban

Web Design & Interactive Media

Director of Creative Services for EQUIP Leadership
The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University

Alumni Marius Serban

[My education taught me] time management and how to work in a team. Marius Serban , Director of Creative Services for EQUIP Leadership Bachelor of Science in Web Design & Interactive Media, 2014 , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
Marius Serban is a director of creative services for EQUIP Leadership, Inc. a non-profit organization that specializes in training and mobilizing Christian leaders. He’s in charge of the company’s print, web, photography, and videography. “My workplace has seasons, some busy and some less busy. I don't have a typical workday because it depends on what season I'm in and what projects I'm currently working on,” he says.

Marius’ first job was as a designer—16 years ago. He says that it was the first job and only job that he was fired from, admitting that he wasn’t very good at what he was hired to do. “I have continued to develop my designer skills and right now I am the creative director for one of the largest leadership companies in the world.”

He adds that he dislikes mediocrity—and he uses that feeling to push himself as a creative professional. “I can't stand delivering a project that is not close to perfection. I think that attitude had propelled me in my career and has set me apart from my competitors. I always take jobs that I have never done before so I can research and learn how to do it. I believe there is nothing that I can't do. This mindset is what helped me learn everything from print to web to photography to videography to marketing.”

Marius recommends that current students and recent hires learn to take feedback from non-designers. “Most of your work will target people that don't have your designer skills. I sometimes tend to be defensive of my work, sometimes for a good reason, but I have to remind myself that if my audience doesn't get my work, that is a fail.”

Marius, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Science in Web Site Development from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that his education provided valuable skills in time management and teamwork. He says that when the going gets tough, it can be easy to get discouraged—but he suggests looking at the bigger picture. “Focus on the desired outcome, your time in school will be worth your money and effort.”