Team Feature: Diana Pietrzak

April 14, 2020, Other

What brought you to Geo Owl?
My spouse was stationed in North Carolina and I began my job search almost immediately upon moving here. I came across a part-time position with Geo Owl as a Graphic Designer and Social Media Specialist. I could tell immediately that not only would I be getting immersed in an entire new industry (the IC) but I would have a way to connect with and support the military doing a job I was really passionate about. I was really excited to get the position and become a part of the team.

What do you do at Geo Owl? 
I am now the Marketing Coordinator and Graphic Designer at Geo Owl, my role moved to a full-time position in November of 2019.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Visual problem solving. I enjoy a challenge and working with a team to find the ultimate solution, whether that’s communicating the Geo Owl message, promoting a new software or product, or utilizing our social media channels to reach candidates and customers. I’ll add to that to say that the job changes daily, and that keeps my role exciting.

Do you have any hobbies? If so, what?
I love to weight lift, be outdoors (bonus points if my dog is there), and spend what free time I have reading, painting, or watching Harry Potter on repeat. 

What is your favorite book and why?
My favorite book right now is probably Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. The author dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. It’s a quick and great read to help push you to embrace the uncertainty and take the risk in order to do great things.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Five years from now I would like to be running my own freelance design business where I can consult, manage, and direct for clients of my choosing. I am really passionate about surface pattern design and spend a lot of time in my evenings and weekends working to become a better illustrator for that purpose.

What advice would you give to other people in your career field?
Learn to put your designs/message out there. I think as a designer, we tend to get so nervous about someone’s criticism or become trapped in our own perfectionist cycle. My mum always said you could be the sweetest peach but there will still be someone who doesn’t like peaches, I feel this way about my work. It’s ok if someone doesn’t love it. Your work gets better from putting it out there and accepting the criticism to grow and adapt.