Within the realm of a college course, plus many others in the field of graphic design, one very important pointer I cannot stress enough for future graduates including myself is being on top of your work. From the moment of receiving a client’s word to begin a job (print job, web design job, banner job, vice versa) to focusing on it and finishing it to meet their needs, attending to this duty must be held with high importance.
Not procrastinating is one thing but adequately working on and carefully timing each step of a design project is key to succeeding in securing a reputation for designing as well as bringing in more clients. More-so with print production, staying on top this process (including monitoring the sequence of the planning/job entry, prepress, pressroom and finishing stages) as well as operating within the proper time limits should be professionally enforced.
Other than this, I suggest having an extensive portfolio to showcase the experience of this course among others and eventually, the work that these courses helped us prepare for. I never throw away my work because it could one day be useful to apply to my career. Even more essential is our book along with all others relating to each of our majors.