Tiana Gagic

Name: 
Tiana Gagic
Grad Year: 
2008
Degree: 
BA
Program: 
Communication, Culture and Information Technology
Title: 
Graphic Designer
Industry: 
Art, Culture, Recreation & Sport
Organization: 
The Printing House

Q: List the key positions you have held since graduation, and any post-graduate degrees/diplomas you earned after graduation. If applicable, list any other ways you are involved in your profession or in your community (member of a professional association, involved as a leadership volunteer, etc).

At Sobeys Inc. I worked in the advertising department as a Graphic Designer. This was my first position after graduation. I worked there for a year and a half, took a year off to focus on my freelance career, and now I work at the printing house as a graphic designer - balancing that and my freelance.

Q: What personal characteristics/skills are most important for success in your job/field?

I think client relations and clear communication is very important. As well compromise - as a designer you must compromise on your design style and what your client is asking of you. At the end of the day you both should complete the project happy.

Q: During your university career did any key experiences assist you in making your career choices? If yes, how so? (Internships? Extern Program? Volunteering? Student clubs? Summer job? Mentorship?)

It was really the courses at Sheridan College that helped fuel my graphic design skills and passion.

Q: What have been the keys to your success? What advice would you give to students who wish to pursue a similar career path? If you had the chance to plan your studies and your career path again, what would you do differently (if anything)?

Networking and confidence in my design capabilities. As well, my ability to communicate honestly and openly with clients.