Designing your case study can feel like a daunting task when putting your portfolio together and applying to jobs. And if you do any research and look at other case studies out there, you might get even more overwhelmed. Some case studies feel like full-length dissertations, others are short with punchy visuals, and others showcase team work without highlighting individual responsibilities.
But at the same time the idea of a case study seems pretty straightforward; showcase your work. So it might sound strange to incorporate a growth mindset into your case studies. A growth mindset is when “Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts)” (credit). A case study is the perfect way to demonstrate not just work that you have done, but to show that you’ve learned from that experience and continue to grow and develop — bringing that additional perspective to your next project.
Having a growth mindset can show employers what it would be like to have you on a team and how you can contribute to a positive team culture. It also opens up interviews to have interesting conversations and questions about what a project was actually like and how you handle real project conversations — and allows you to ask how current teams handle complications. These tips can not only give an employer a better chance to get to know you but also help you get to know the company and design team better!