In 1990, I graduated from Baruch College in NYC with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems. After graduation, finding work in my field was difficult at the time so I started working as a temporary contractor in administrative roles. I excelled in these roles and it quickly became apparent to me that my projects had a creative element that I wanted to explore. I needed a challenging environment that would further develop these new qualities. I found work as a Desktop Publisher at a marketing company that required knowledge in PowerPoint and several graphic programs, of which I hadn’t had experience in yet. My enthusiasm and willingness to learn won me the opportunity to prove myself. I jumped right in and quickly became adept at anything the job required. So much so, that teaching PowerPoint in one-on-one and group settings to other employees became a part of my job responsibilities.
In 2001, due to a change in the economy, the company underwent a series of layoffs and I found myself looking for employment. I was hired by a Pharmaceutical company as their Graphics Specialist. As the sole Graphic Designer/PowerPoint professional in a company with three offices, my challenges and experiences were so vast that I quickly became proficient in many areas of design adding, web skills to my growing abilities.
Some of my responsibilities included:
Designing invitations, signs, posters, binder covers, CD covers, calendars and more
Designing and editing 3 versions of the company newsletter
Creating graphics and/or manipulating clipart and images
Updating job postings on company website using HTML
Creating gadgets for company portal such as polls, forms and directories
Creating PowerPoint presentations for senior management and doctors; Developing and instructing PowerPoint classes for all employees
I knew at this point that my natural abilities had gotten me far throughout the years but I wanted to add institutional learning to my experiences. I researched schools that would allow me to continue working full-time while I furthered my design education. I enrolled in an online school called Sessions.edu, where I obtained a Graphic and Web Design certificate.
In May of 2004, I gave birth to my son and became a stay-at-home mom. I was able to finish my studies at home while caring for my son and soon afterwards, a daughter joined our family. It was shortly after that I decided to pursue a long-time goal of becoming a freelancer and continuing to work in the field that I have enjoyed for many years. That's when Jovic Design was born!