Next month, SAA graduate Amber Dee (2014) will move to New York City, where she has accepted a job with Core Home/Manna Hydration.

Core Home is a rapidly growing company located in the heart of Manhattan, near Times Square. The company creates fashion-forward household products, including water bottles from a subsidiary brand called Manna Hydration.

At Manna Hydration, “I will take on a lot of design roles including web and print design, but will mostly focus on creating packaging designs for their Manna Hydration bottles,” Amber says, adding that the bottles are sold throughout the country in stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond and Target.

“I will be able to see my designs on the shelves of these stores,” she adds.

Previously, Amber was a graphic designer at Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio, where she was responsible for creating posters, social media graphics, in-store signage, banners, event materials, billboards and more. Some of her designs included store gift cards and breath mint packaging. Before that, Amber worked as a digital designer at Midmark, where she managed website updates and created promotional emails.

When it comes to “living your dream,” Amber offers this advice: “Work hard, and you shall be rewarded. Don’t stress if you haven’t found your perfect job yet. You will find a job that you love, but remember that any job you get will help you gain more experience to be the best designer you can be. Keep a positive attitude, help your co-workers when they need it and don’t settle for anything less than you deserve.”

Most importantly, she says, “Don’t ever give up!”

To see some of Amber’s work and learn more about her process, visit her portfolio site.