Dan Hyland

Dan HylandMajor: Graphic Arts
Hometown: Dover, NH

Describe your current job role:

I am currently working full time as a graphic designer for Q.E.P., a company specializing in flooring tools and materials at Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other distributors. I have been at the company for about six months now and I have been able to contribute in a lot of ways. In my job role, I have been able to take on different advertising projects, product packaging designs, and graphics for various trade shows that we attend each year. As of recently, I’ve also had the pleasure of working on the new logo and packaging for one of our larger brands, Roberts Consolidated. 

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

Prior to joining Q.E.P., I worked at an adverting agency, also doing graphic design work.

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

I realized that I needed to invest in a company instead of multiple clients. I didn’t feel connected with the various clients I was doing work for at the agency and therefore felt like my heart wasn’t in it. I wouldn’t have known that though if I hadn’t had that experience and it really helped me focus where I wanted to go. At some point in the future, I think I would enjoy just doing my own freelance work where I can actually invest in the people I am doing work for. I already have some freelance work under my belt and am always looking for more. 

"Do your best to design at the best of your ability while at PBA."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

My time at Palm Beach Atlantic helped me prepare for my career in multiple ways, but one of the biggest pieces was being ready to hit the ground running once I graduated. Having built a solid portfolio through the graphic design program I was able to use what I learned immediately in the work force.

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

If I could give any advice to the graphic design students, I would say try to do your best to design at the best of your ability while at PBA. Try to imagine a future employer looking at the work you’re doing and you can give them the best impression of who you are and what you can do through your designs. You’ll be one step ahead of the game once you graduate and have that much more confidence heading into the job market. However, saying that now, I’d say I probably learned the most about myself outside of college. There is so much that you learn with on the job experience and there is only so much that college courses can do to prepare you. 

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? 

Throughout everything, there have been multiple people who have had an influence on my career, but I haven’t personally been mentored by anyone in particular. However, I am still learning and I will continue to learn from those people around me, wherever my career path may lead.

Spotlight posted in January 2018. For current updates from Dan, visit his LinkedIn page.