Being laid off as a graphic designer within two weeks
Posted 25.08.2013 @ 3.21AM
I want to share something that happened to me couple of weeks back, with over 7 years of experience and working as an senior in house designer for a good company, had some exciting projects but having worked there for 3 1/2 years was looking for change, applied for a job via a recruitment agency , went in for two rounds of interviews and secured the job, the job I got was more into FMCG packaging while I came from very niche high end fashion and retail design background . During the course of the interviews I had clearly stated that although I didn't have much experience the skill set was transferable ( I might be wrong) . Two weeks into the job I was asked to leave , stating I didn't have the right set of skills. I wasn't given enough time to learn anything and was asked to leave
I left a secure job for a new transition and now left without the security of a job. I wanted to share this just to get a general consensus if this is usually the case or was I just unlucky.
Two weeks seems like a pretty trivial amount of time to be able to prove yourself. Even if you did have specific experience I don't think you can make a good assessment on someone's skill over that time period, every new job has a learning curve even if it's an industry you've worked in before.
Sounds like there might have been a bit of a misunderstanding of where you were at skill wise. Something like FMCG can be pretty heavy on the pre-press side of things. Every company will have certain expectations for how they want things to look too, which can vary.
I want to be diplomatic about this but honestly how do you feel you went? Were you not able to do the work at all or just a bit slow to produce things? Did you feel out of your depth or competent?
(no need to answer these questions here, just thought I'd bring it up though)