Career

How to Get More Creative Freedom in Your Corporate Design Job

September 23, 2021

Most people assume that once they land that first job in the career they want, they’re going to be on their way–That once you’re in it, you naturally get taken down a career path.

But a career of purpose and intention requires purpose and intention.

How to Get More Creative Freedom in Your Corporate Design Job / Career Coaching Advice Blog Post by Grace Kim Portland of the Creative Career Collective

I’m guessing you’ve probably done something scary more than once.

Which means it’s almost always worth it, right?

Courage is when you do the thing anyway despite any fears you might have.

When you act out of courage, despite the result, you usually don’t regret it. Because you realize it wasn’t what was on the other side but more so the action of taking the step that grew you a little more.

It stretched you, it strengthened you, and best of all, it gave you more courage to do it again.

And courage, my friend, is your secret weapon to more growth and creative freedom at work.

Like any kind of growth, growing in your career also requires you to stretch yourself. And that can be scary. But here’s the thing. The stretch doesn’t have to span the universe. All you need to do is take ONE step outside your comfort zone-That’s it. That counts as stretching yourself. 

So what does this look like? How does this lead to more creative freedom at work?

You were initially hired into a creative position with the prospect that you would be contributing creatively. But somewhere during the long hours, never-ending workloads, and difficult communication, that creativity got pushed to the side.

First, I want you to know this is natural and that you’re not alone. This is where we as creatives find ourselves getting stuck in our careers when working in a corporate system. 

The key isn’t to do MORE of the work in order to grow, it’s to still find ways to contribute creatively in ANY way while completing your tasks with excellence. 

It’s your unspoken and unwritten task to include creativity in your day to day. No one is going to tell you to do it. And no one else is doing it. Which is where courage comes in. Followed by that career growth and creative freedom. 

The courage isn’t needed to be creative — that comes naturally to you. The courage is in adding creative input into your work when no one asks you to and no one else is doing it. It’s one of the steps to career growth.

What’s great about this is that courage is like a muscle you can train.

The more you exercise it the easier it becomes to be courageous, and to do it again.

So this week, I want to challenge you to exercise your courage muscle at work. It doesn’t have to all be related to creativity. Just practice taking ONE step out of your comfort zone.

Here are a few steps you could take to incorporate intentional creativity in a strategic way. 

  1. First, start by clearly and specifically visualizing a short-term goal for your career.
  2. Ask yourself what 3 things you need to do to get there.
  3. Focus on the one (just one) next step. In order to avoid overwhelm, at this point let this 1st step becomes your new goal. Focus only on this next step and work towards that.

As you work towards the goal (or even if you can’t yet think of a goal you want to work towards) here are a couple tangible ways to exercise your courage muscle this week:

  1. Ask for help when you don’t feel like it. If you’re afraid it makes you look weak or like you don’t know what you’re doing–great. This is where exercising that courage muscle comes in.
  2. Say “no.” This is powerful. So although it’s something you want to practice, you don’t want to use this all the time and definitely not in an uncooperative way. Be intentional and sparing about when you say “no” and make sure you show them why you saying “no” is better than you saying “yes.”


Wishing you courage & creativity this week.

+ show Comments

- Hide Comments

add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

so hot right now

I'm Grace Kim,

Spontaneous adventurer who loves to surprise & delight strangers & friends, make things with my hands, and create opportunities.

I'm a girl who dropped out of college, was told I wouldn't succeed, then went on to create my 6 figure dream career before the age of 30.

Now my mission is to help other designers and creatives build a flourishing career so they too can live a life they love - one abundant in freedom, joy, purpose, and creativity.

hey there!

When my boss told me I wouldn't succeed

You Only Need 15 Minutes
to be Productive

You Only Need
15 Minutes to be Productive

Tell me how

Blog Post

How to Make Progress,
Even while Working from Home.

download it

Free guide

 Top Resources

Steal my 3 Secrets to Career Growth

What's inside?
     The ONE secret that no one else is doing.
     How to overcome communication barriers
     3 ways to set yourself up for success
     Pro tips to help you get started and past any roadblocks



What's inside?
The ONE secret that no one else is doing.
How to overcome communication barriers
3 ways to set yourself up for success
Pro tips to help you get started and past any roadblocks



Take me to it!

Free guide

3 Secrets to Career Growth

Not enough hours in the day?
Not anymore

How to Create
More Time

FREE GUIDE!

A step-by-step guide to walk you through how to set yourself up to get back hours of your life using a
Not-To-Do List.