National Student Employment Week 2015

Making Irrelevant
Work Experience Relevant

Created by Rachel Naomi Beser | @rachelbeser | Linkedin | rachelnaomidesign[at]gmail[dot]com

Graduated Towson University 2010

Art & Design: Graphic Design

Web Designer at Tenable Network Security®

creative team at Tenable

In my free time


How did I get to where I am now?

I worked and volunteered while a Student

“If you want something done, ask a busy person.”

~Benjamin Franklin

Lessons from My Experiences

Summer 2006, Entomology Lab at University of Maryland, Lab Intern

November 2007 – January 2009, Towson University, Gallery Attendant

November 2008 – August 2010, Ann Taylor Loft, Sales Associate

August 2008 – May 2010, AIGA Towson, Event Coordinator and President

Post Graduation Reflections

Entomology Lab Intern at University of Maryland

Summer 2006

Face Fears and be open to new experiences

Do Whatever the job requires

Balance a summer class with a full time Job

Gallery Attendant at Towson University

November 2007 – January 2009

Be Held Accountable


Be grateful for the job you have

Gather References

Sales Associate at Loft

November 2007 – August 2010

How to Dress

A good listener is a good sales person

Even When you have a bad day

Keep your personal integrity

Your coworkers don't have to be your best friends

Customers will try to steal from you

Talk to anyone & everyone

AIGA Towson

August 2008 – May 2010, Event Coordinator and President

Set Realistic Goals

Do Favors for Others

There will be bureaucratic rules

Make Friends & Connections


Post Graduation Reflections

I had a guaranteed paycheck when I left Towson

Try out as many industries as possible while you are a student

Leave Work Stress at Work

“Treat your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend.”

~Amy Poehler, Yes Please

“Creativity is connected to your passion, that light inside you that drives you.”

~Amy Poehler, Yes Please

Go to conferences

Whatever you don't learn in school or on the job, teach yourself

Favorite Books

Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Michael Janda, Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don't teach you in design school, but should

Sophia Amouruso, #Girlboss

Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Amy Poehler, Yes Please

Favorite Tutorial Sites


Tuts Plus


Be introspective in school, and don't stop

Trust your Gut

Thank you!

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