Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Technology

Technology was very helpful for our group while doing our project for the HEHD living learning community.  Most of our design was done on the computer using various programs like AutoCAD, Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator.  We also had a large group of people who had varying schedules, and it was important to use e-mail and blackboard as a medium for communication.  We never had any virtual group meeting but there were some late night e-mail and message conversations between group members in order to have all of our work prepared on time for our classes the following day.  On the whole, I would consider technology a very important tool used by group Giving Em' the Business.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Ethical Lapse

In the business world it is important to make a fair an unbiased judgment in order to not create animosity between coworkers. This can often be the decision that leads to many people not being happy, but if the situation calls for a moral judgment equality and fairness must be principle guidelines.

In the workplace I would make sure to hold myself to a high ethical standard. If something is questionable, I must assume I don't know the proper course of action and make sure I consult a superior. Not only does this prevent you from serious liability, it allows you to learn from someone who has more experience with similar matters. Trying to be fair and equal when solving an issue in the workplace that involves an ethical dilemma is an important trait that we must learn to respect very early in our graduate and business careers.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Miscommunication

The past summer I worked in Los Angeles for an architecture firm. I was an intern there and had the chance to do some very interesting work. One of my odd tasks was delivering plans to a client before she was to meet with her interior designer. They were going to discuss possible layouts and wanted to have the base plans for the house we were designing to reference. I was told she needed the plans on Friday, but somehow in the confusion of my boss leaving and taking a telephone message, I heard Saturday. So I delivered the plans a day late and she was unable to to reference them in her meeting. It was very disappointing for me to explain to my boss that I had simply delivered the plans late, and I felt very sheepish throughout the conversation and for the rest of the day. He could see my remorse and assured me it was not the end of the world, but I need to make sure I am better at taking notes and making sure tasks are done on time. He explained the value of punctuality and client relations. Next time I will make sure that I am more punctual and that I take better notes when my boss is giving me instructions.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Birthday week blog

Unfortunately, I was in the group that was unable to see any more presentations since the first round of topics were shared. We had our group meeting with the women from Redfern and the Housing Department in Mauldin Hall on the final day of presenting. The meeting went really well, as we were able to understand what they are looking for from our group and what kind of talents we will need to draw upon.

I am actually in a portfolio class for architecture in my current semester. We meet once a week on Wednesdays, and talk about different graphic styles and combinations of different types of student work. It is a very extensive project and I will bring my current working portfolio to class with me for the next few weeks in case you would like to look at some of our work. I've actually gotten a job with the work that I have done over the past three and a half years at Clemson. The job was an internship out in Los Angeles for a prestigious residential architecture firm.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Presentation that I enjoyed

I enjoyed the presentation on the best athletes done this past Wednesday. I think he had a successful use of humor to keep us interested in his presentation. He also used easily recognizable famous athletes, and while we were not able to make selections for ourselves, his conclusions had explanations. You could tell that he had taken time to prepare his jokes and power point, and the plot of the speech was easy to follow. I knew about Bolt being the fastest runner alive, but I probably would not have put him into the best athlete of all time. This is because I don't know enough about track and field to appreciate his accomplishments. This presentation gave me further insight into what it takes to be a runner and just how good Bolt really can be.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

meeting with the client

One of the most important things to remember when meeting a client is to make sure you stay true to your own design and personality ambitions. Make sure you listen to what they have to say and only add to it. Everything can be represented differently somehow and we as humans have to figure out how that style of representation can have our influence. Our group seems to be running smoothly, everyone has sort of fallen into a position and is doing a great job with it. We had a very successful first group meeting and the personalities are meshing well together. I think it would be nice to go over an explanation of the project one more time before we meet with the client, just to make sure everyone understands exactly what you are expecting

Sunday, February 1, 2009

interview mistakes

It seems like the interview mistakes are mistakes that would be commonly made if the person was not respectful or a gentleman to begin with. It is almost comical that an interviewee would disrespect the secretary of a particular job opportunity. People should know that everyone they come into contact with in the workplace is a potential future co-worker. The other common errors made in an interview sound like problems that can easily be fixed with a little research and knowledge of the potential employer. It is irresponsible for a person to go into an interview and not know the activities of a company over at least the past few years. On the final biggest interview mistakes it comes down to a respect that must be present between all human beings. It is very frustrating when people do not say thank you for even the little things in life that are mundane and ordinary. You should always let the person know that you are interested in more than a pay day and give them a reason to have you around in their workplace.