The notion that “for a first job there are no wrong jobs” is very eye opening, in a way. Explaining that there are lessons to be learned at every job, no matter if you loved or hated it is very comforting. It’s reassuring to know that it’s still a normal thing to not have great experiences when working right out of school. I’m not saying that’s something I want to happen to me, but it makes the thought of the whole process a bit less scary.
When talking about apprenticeships, there was mention of how most projects you work on in school are hypothetical and thus you end up being thrown into real life design scenarios after you graduate. Though I know it will still be overwhelming at times, being able to have coaching through applied projects during classes with experienced professors helps me visualize what the job will entail later on. I feel very lucky to be in a program that helps foster us as designers by working on both applied and hypothetical projects.