You may know that I am passionate about designers who study under me getting jobs in the field, if they want them. I also am passionate about them being realistic about these jobs. I ask my juniors in the design track to tell me who they want to work for and why. I also ask them to tell me why they are a good fit for the company.
Oftentimes this exercise is seen as “busy work,” but honestly it is the furthest from being a waste of time. I am asking them to look at the direction of their career and see where they might start making connections and building relationships. NOW is the time. When you have a year in front of you to develop and nurture those relationships.