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PHOTO - From recent graduate to recruiting graduates, Adams returns to VU to evaluate student work at the Graphic Design Portfolio Day. She says VU prepared her well for her career with adidas Group Sports Licensed Division headquartered in Indianapolis. ###
May 10, 2017 / From recent graduate to recruiting graduates, Adams says VU prepared her for career
VINCENNES, Ind. - What a difference a year makes. Last year Audra Adams listened as professionals critiqued her work as part of the Vincennes University Graphic Design program’s Portfolio Review. This spring she returned to VU as a professional graphic artist reviewing the work of the Class of 2017.
“It really does not surprise me that I’m here reviewing student work because I had a lot of support from Professors Ron Wise and Carley Augustine, as well as the VU Marketing Department where I was an intern,” Adams said.
It was during last year’s Portfolio Review that Adams met her current boss and a co-worker, both VU alumni, who were employed by the adidas Group Sports Licensed Division headquartered in Indianapolis. Adams earned her associate degree in Graphic Design from VU last spring.
“In June I was hired by adidas as a jersey production artist. I would not have found that position unless I was here last year at the Portfolio Review. I met my boss and one of my co-workers here and soon after that I got the ball rolling, went through the interview process, and was hired. She discovered that there were a lot more VU alumni among the company’s more than 1,400 employees.
Adams’ current graphic role is with production of NCAA jerseys, some NHL jerseys, and serving as the assistant to the identity assurance artist that handles all of the identity design standards. She works in the largest screen printing facility in the country and it is currently undergoing a major investment as part of the company’s Project Modernize initiative.
“Going to school at Vincennes and the Portfolio Review experience prepared me well. Also, working in the VU Marketing Department as an intern prepared me for my job. Having real-world experience was important,” Adams said.
The internship gave her experience with production rules and proofing. “That definitely helped me a lot. It’s not just building art - it’s building art that is correct.” Her advice to current students is to be detai-oriented and continue to grow.
“When I started my job it was difficult. There is money on the line and if you are not detail-oriented that can cost money. Because a lot of my work is going to be printed that day or the next day, the work has to be correct and concise. I definitely learned that here and by being employed by the Marketing Department,” Adams said.
What is she looking for among this year’s Graphic Design students?
“I’m looking for good pieces, good art, good attitude - but what’s most important in the graphic design field is not taking things too personal. It’s important to learn from your mistakes. If you are not willing to grow and learn from your mistakes, it is going to be a very tough field. But if you thrive on growing, learning, and taking new approaches, you will definitely have success in this field,” Adams said.
Adams has come a long way since graduating from VU last spring. She enjoys her work and is glad to return to VU to help students following in her footsteps.
“I had a plan for how to use what I had learned. I’m grateful for the VU Graphic Design program, which is excellent, and I had a lot of resources and tremendous support from my professors and the Marketing Office,” Adams said.