Tyler Geiwitz is a senior graphic designer and social media manager at Green Ivy Publishing in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. He’s responsible for distributing and revising projects and overseeing social media accounts. Tyler explains that it’s important that he works hard and meets deadlines. “You're going to have to work longer hours if you need to accomplish and meet deadlines. You have to remember when you're sitting there with ‘nothing to do’ that there's always something for you to do to better yourself and your environment.” During work downtime, he ensures that his computer is cleaned up and files are backed up.
His hard work has helped him to stand out within this company. “I felt very new and at the bottom of the totem pole when I first started working. It definitely felt weird when my boss would just walk past me without ever needing anything from me. I worked harder and harder each day, taking on more responsibilities to prove I was a great employee. Now, my boss, the CEO of the company, comes to me to solve problems and jump start production for authors. It's a great feeling having built that trust with a higher ranked executive.”
Tyler, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg, says that his education pushed him to be faster in his work. “[The school provided] awesome advisors that helped me to find interviews [that led to] employment. It also offered clubs, extra activities, and design competitions to participate in, which I could list on my résumé.” He recommends that current students keep a positive attitude, especially during challenging situations. “Working for a small company can be tough sometimes. We can get behind in production. If one person gets sick, we all get sick. If someone's having a bad day, we all turn into grumpy people. I always tried to be the most fun co-worker, and I always tried to make others happy. Happy people make happy designs that are often better designs.”
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