Be a pro

Matt Lambert
6 min readApr 27, 2021

“It’s a small world after all.”

The design and tech world might seem like a big place but it’s not. Silicon Valley is vast but people move around, you’ll definitely run into coworkers at future jobs. If you jump out to a smaller city that is only intensified. Throw social media sites into the mix and you better conduct yourself professionally from day one. There is nowhere to hide in this internet age, so act appropriately from the start to the end of your career.

Do you want to lead?

If my opening wasn’t enough to convince you, let’s jump into a few reasons why you need to be a pro. If you have any interest at all in being a manager or a lead in this industry you need to be extra vigilant from the start. As we know in life, first impressions are huge. If you hope to lead your coworkers, the first exposure they have to you is key in setting the tone. Are you someone that can be followed and trusted? If the answers to those questions are no, then you will have a rough time moving up to a lead or management position.

Do you want to be taken seriously?

Related to that is if you want to be taken seriously. In the product design world, ideas come from many places. You’ll often be competing with your fellow designers, product managers, and developers for what path to follow in the design 3 Be a pro process. You’ll never always get…