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On this first Student Lounge of 2019, Trish sits down with Emily Springer, junior designer at Barbour Spangle Design. Springer works in High Point, North Carolina, home of the biannual furniture market and graduated in 2016 from High Point University. She tells Trish about all the experience she got while she was in school and how she made the most of that time when choosing how to develop her experience.


  • Even if you’re out of the country and don’t have normal phone service, you can do all the research you need on places you might want to work at and pursue internships or jobs at the places all over wifi and from six time zones away.
  • When you’re shopping for your first design job out of college, don’t feel pressured to know more than you do. If you don’t think you’re totally qualified to be a junior designer after graduation, look for entry level positions like design assistant jobs. People might assume you don’t know as much, but you can demonstrate all you do know in a job where people expect to have to teach you how the business works.

To see what kind of work Emily Springer and her company do, visit barbourspangle.com and follow them on Instagram @barbourspangle.

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