ADVICE FROM THE INTERN: So you think you’re technologically savvy?
One of the things that I am working on this summer for the Red Cross is the annual bike rodeo. I am putting together a plan to get the word out with little money to spend, and part of my plan is a rodeo flyer.
To survive in this day and age (and especially in bike rodeo season), you must know how to use a variety of modern technology. In the business world, not only do you need to have Microsoft Office skills, but also knowing how to use the Adobe systems is a valuable asset. I have taken a handful of classes using Adobe InDesign, so I am familiar with that program. However, Photoshop is a different story.
The past two weeks, I have been working on and off on a flyer for the bike rodeo. I wanted to use an image, but it needed to be photoshopped to remove the background. Being the determined person that I am, I took the bike by the handles and resolved to figure this out on my own.
Needless to say, I struggled. I could not get the image to have the background perfectly removed. It took me 5-6 hours until I finally figured out the easy way to do it and it looks much better than before. I felt a sense of accomplishment, and more importantly the rodeo has a flyer.
My little bit of advice is there is always more to learn. In order for you to make yourself stand out from others, you need to have a variety of skills. Even though you may never find yourself in my shoes with Red Cross rodeos, flyers and a frustrating image in Photoshop, I suggest each and every one of you make yourself stand out from your peers in one way or another.