In order to achieve my objectives, my strategies are simple but require a good deal of extra work and heightened awareness of upcoming techniques.
First, I want to try to generate as much independent example work as I possibly can in my free time. It doesn't matter if it's freelancing for non-profit organizations or just drawing up example ads in Photoshop or Spark; I want to show that I have a wealth of skill sets that can benefit me in a variety of projects.
In order to do this, I want to build up on my creative projects just as much as I build up on my technical analysis using platforms like Sysomos or Klear. Another tactic I want to put into practice is really putting myself out more and letting people know what I can do, as I've always been sort of meek in that regard; the only way I'm going to build a healthy body of work is to put myself forward!
Second, I want to try to maintain a working knowledge of as many techniques, platforms and programs as I can. As I mentioned above, I had no idea that this design program even existed before this project and it's such a handy little tool that I can't believe I didn't hear about it sooner!
Thus, I want to keep following industry professionals, firms and professors through platforms like Twitter and Snapchat to keep on top of the latest buzz. Another tactic I want to employ is consuming more white papers and keeping on track with tech news networks like Cheddar, so I can improve my existing knowledge and inform myself on the latest developments in the industry.