The shift from college to industry is an overwhelming and exciting one for most us design aspirants or anyone for that matter. It is a big step and I would not call it the smoothest change. There are definitely gaps between college wok life and industry work life. It’s the first opportunity for many to put into practice in real time what we have acquired from our college projects to real time client projects.
The situation has its pros and cons and most of the time you realize that you were living in a bubble being ignorant to so many hurdles like the cost of the project when you were at college. Some of the major issues, which I faced, are with time management and also dealing with the opinions of multiple people who sometimes are not even in the same book as mine. The communication gap between the client and the designer and people who are in between is also a new concept, which we will eventually grow into hopefully. I am working in a relatively smaller studio and there are many situations, which arise within just 2 to 3 layers of people who are involved