Courtney Falconer is working as a senior associate designer II for Discover in Riverwoods, Illinois. She’s responsible for conceptual ideation and overall experience design. “My team and I do a ton of concept work that we present to leadership, in hopes that we can push boundaries and improve user experience. We are problem solvers, focused on making every card member's experience easier,” she says.
Courtney is excited to be the first member of her immediate family to earn a bachelor’s degree. “This is a huge accomplishment for me,” she says. Courtney took a risk after graduation that’s paid off in her career. After graduation, she was offered two positions—a full-time job doing packaging at a travel accessory company and a three-month internship at a package design firm in downtown Chicago. “I really didn't think I was going to get the internship because they were known to be hard to impress. But, crazily I turned down the full-time position for the three-month internship. If I had to go back and do it again I wouldn't change a thing. It was a risk I had to take and it definitely paid off for me.”
Courtney, who in 2012 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg, says that the school’s career-focused education helped her to transition into the design industry. “Having teachers that know the industry and work in the industry is extremely helpful,” she adds. Courtney recommends that current students work hard and network. “You get what you put into it. Keeping the contacts you have from your time in school is important. Create a good name for yourself and watch the possibilities open up.”
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