Max and The Future After College

Since I am ending my time in college, I need to have an idea for after that. Going out into the real world, I can’t do that without a hint of a plan. Plan a bit ahead for my future I do have some ideas on what I am going to do, some in 2 years and maybe past that. If I am going to be honest, I do not plan and just deal with it as it comes.

In illustration of Canada illustrated by Max parker. Quebec and Ontario are colored while the rest are blank. There is a red arrow going from Quebec to Ontario.

Once college finishes up, I’ll head to Ontario to find new job opportunities. A part-time job here in Quebec could be a possibility, but I don’t want to deal with some of the upcoming laws. Bill 96 other upcoming language laws will hamper many parts of working in any industry.

I want to work mostly by myself, go independently into the land of graphic design. Independence in my work would allow for great time management, and I can weigh my time I spend with and on the product of the customer. Payment would be based on how many hours I spend, the budget of the recipient, and any costs on my end. Their budget determines how many hours will be spent and the quality that is produced.

But before I get into all of that, I plan on taking a year off for myself. My time in the education system has been most of my life, from elementary, to high school, and college. During this small break, I plan on getting to know the lay of the land in Ontario. Restaurants for foods like pizza, chicken, and steak will be vital in knowing where to go. Social clubs (if there are any), will also be a target, especially anything related to video games. I personally found the “””Games””” club of John Abbott College to be a bit disappointing in terms of interactivity. This will be good to improving my social life in a new environment in the future.


Max and The Short Term Goals

Currently, I am working on my 5th semester of college. While I have enjoyed my time, I need to say goodbye. But that time is not the now and I need to lay out my short-term goals.

A wide shot of John Abbott College campus, with front and Anne-Marie-Eduard showing. There are many students out on the front field.

First, I plan on finishing my three-year program; might as well enjoy it as much as I can. I feel like I can still improve in a lot of aspects of my work! A week ago, I learned that I could use shift to avoid my pen tool accidentally deleting points on a path in Adobe Illustrator. There are still aspects that I am learning and with how fast technology has been improving over the past decade. I need to learn for the now and further down the line.

Picture of Max Parker in front of a desk and computer screen showing his work, smiling and giving a thumbs up.

I will soon have to attend a stage to solidify my experience in the work field of my study. I’m planning on trying to obtain one inside John Abbott because of travel time. It is will take much long if it’s in Montreal. Montreal has always been a miserable place for me. The traffic is slow, the weather was awful every time I went, and the city just smelt like car fumes all over. Update Dec 2023: Something before the Ile-Aux-Tours bridge would also be nice. Damn thing takes an hour to cross sometimes.

Then there is what I will do right after college. Will I pursue further education, or will I enter the workforce? I plan on entering any part-time to get some form of traditional public training and do graphic work on the side for people who request work from me. This way I can get a real job to put under my resume and have portfolio items that were not done for school. All of these goals are rather short term as the title suggests, but they’re still something to look forward to.