Transitioning to the Workforce Amidst a Pandemic

Vittoria Haritos Blog

When I look back at the beginning of 2020, I picture myself with all of my plans laid out neatly in front of me. This was the year I had imagined and been waiting for, I was going to graduate, move out of Savannah, and start my career, finally! For anyone who can relate, I was working a full-time job, not necessarily my favorite job, while going to university full time. I was waiting so long for the day I could dedicate myself to my passion; design, and leave the hectic student years behind me.

 
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Little did I know that my graduation would be canceled and my last day of studio was my last day entirely at the campus I had made home. Not only did March hit the graduating class of 2020 like a ton of bricks, it also began a frenzy as job offers were being rescinded, and to be quite honest, we were freaking out. (We still are!)

 
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Before this craziness hit, I had reached out to Joy Lynskey, Founder + Creative Director at Jewel Toned Interiors on LinkedIn. I had seen JTI’s work in a magazine, and I was enamored by the diversity of their portfolio. Joy responded to my interest in working at Jewel Toned Interiors almost immediately. I had an interview lined up in April in South Florida! I thought I would drive down, go to the interview, and go back up to Savannah for graduation. Instead, I moved to Fort Lauderdale by the end of March, interviewed with JTI, and to my dismay, was told the position was no longer available. A few weeks passed, and JTI reached back out to me, as their current design assistant was moving out of Florida, to go to college. I had a job! In this economy!

 
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What I’ve learned from this experience is that nothing is ever what it seems. I’ve also learned that what you think you absolutely must have, is not always what you need. This strange year has had so many highs and lows, and now I sit beside some of the most inspiring designers I’ve ever come across. Stay positive, you will end up where you are meant to be.