intern job got me upset...

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    Nov 17, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
    i understand that people is having hard time to find a job under shitty economy. my parents' friend's cousin got me an intern job (with no pay), and i did the interview, HR, and all that. i'm ok with no salary, just want to gain work experience of art/design. they told me they might have a spot for graphic design/illustrator or art assistant. so today was my first day as an intern, and i arrived there on time to meet my boss. then he told me that his employee, the graphic designer, told him that he doesn't need any help at all. so the boss moved me to a workstation where i have no clue what to do at all, because the workstation is for manufactures. my mind was like "what the f***??" i only know how to do art and design, but i don't know anything about manufactures~!! so i was sitting in my corner, and doing nothing til time to go home. i was pissed all day, but my face was faking smile for the employees around me. and i had argument with my parents about the issue. sigh... what a mess... that damn boss should have called me not to come, but he was doing my parents a favor so he's saving his face for not telling me the truth. hell...
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    Nov 17, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    Are you crazy? under recession.... I should have sue his ass for nothing
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    Nov 17, 2009 1:18 AM GMT
    if you are going there to get experience in art/design and arent going to get any now, dont go. He will be greatly relieved.
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    Nov 17, 2009 1:19 AM GMT
    cut your losses... time to try something else
  • gallus81

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    Nov 17, 2009 4:30 AM GMT
    Found the problem right here.

    IrisSoul said i only know how to do art and design



    I spent 3 years at University and 18 months at another training college studying Graphic Design, then spent 5 years in the industry, and the best bit of advice I can offer is to have another string to your bow. You have to be able to offer more than the next person. If all you want to do, and all you're willing to do is art/design, you become 1 dimensional, UNLESS you are truly gifted at the skill. Web design, photography, writing (or editing), multimedia, animation, etc, etc ... the more skills you bring to an employer, the more chance they'll hire you.

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    Nov 19, 2009 1:12 AM GMT
    well, this is my third day as an intern. i decided to suck it up and stay there, and see what will happens. so now i'm learning how to use AutoCAD in my own workstation. i thought AutoCAD is mostly for technology, machines, automobiles, architects, tool wares, etc. i really don't see how AutoCAD will help me in the future, because arts and designs are mostly made from photoshop, illustrator, and other art softwares. unless i'm wrong about it.

    if you have used or still using AutoCAD, please help me to understand how it will help me in the future, thanks.
  • Webster666

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    Nov 19, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    AutoCAD seems to be mostly for 3-D architectural drafting and design illustrations...
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    Nov 19, 2009 2:28 AM GMT
    . . . have you talked to HR?

    . . . even though you are an intern and not an employee, a savvy HR department would not want to see a problem develop and, consequently, might lend a sympathetic ear especially if you were misled about the internship . . .
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    Nov 20, 2009 3:28 AM GMT
    well, here's the main problem... the friend's cousin is THE BOSS of his own company. i told HR to hire me only when they need extra helper, and do not hire me by a friend's favor. HR did tell me that the company is not hiring atm, because the company is under low economy right now. i told HR that i'm completely understand, and not a problem if they don't want me. but... the BOSS trumps HR, and told me to come back to work next day. so me as an intern is not a problem to his company, because intern don't get pay. now other problem, the workstation which i talked about is not the one i want to earn the work experience... but i couldn't tell the friend's cousin that it's not my area and want to change back to graphic design/illustrator or art assistant. why? because my parents will think that i'm disrespecting their friend and friend's cousin. sigh... "respect," "favor," and "follow order" are the major points in asian families. grr.... i'm living in asian-style-hell... lol
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    Nov 20, 2009 5:40 AM GMT
    Learn AutoCAD. Teach yourself some industrial design. Or packaging design.

    Does that company have a website? Talk to the person in charge of the website and offer some help with fine tuning it or enhancing it. Create mock-ups for site re-designs and page layouts.

    Not sure what type of graphic design you specialize in, but it sounds like you're limiting yourself.

    If none of the above is possible, then just quit. It doesn't make sense for you to be there. No one will lose face, if you explain the situation to everyone. You're not getting any sort of applicable experience. And you're wasting resources by being there and not doing anything.
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    Nov 20, 2009 5:53 AM GMT
    My question is do you have a plan laid out for how is this internship can benefit you? Making contacts, networking, learning something new. Are you exploring other opportunities, even if it's volunteer work teaching art to at risk or disabled kids (or adults). Interning should be first and foremost a learning experience where the goal is career development. Not being a slave who blends in with the wood work. Otherwise it's a waste of time.

    You never know if and when something is going to open up within the company so my advice would be to stick it out for awhile and learn what you can.
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    Nov 21, 2009 8:23 AM GMT
    i have thought long and hard, and you know what? maybe learning something else new is not so bad, and it will expanding my knowledge. maybe i could use AutoCAD as back up, or mix with photoshop/illustrator. i'll keep staying there, and learning whatever i can before i get the real job. i guess i was being immature for not trying the new things in my company. i should think of it as a positive, and know it will helps me someday in the future. sigh... me so stubborn... lol

    and you guys? thanks for the your input, your words had really opened my mind much wider. i told myself, "always give it a chance before i complain, and never know that the chance might help me someday." icon_smile.gif thanks again.