I'm learning a great deal about balancing my workload day-to-day. Key skills I've learned so far would include time management and being able to properly manage numerous projects at once. The job doesn't involve design on a daily basis. Some days I might spend doing tasks related to gathering photos, organizing or moving files, or setting up documents that will play a part in the design of the magazine in the long run.
I've learned that there is a lot more going into the setup and organization of a project long before I ever open up InDesign to actually design it. This gives me perspective, and confidence in performing all sorts of tasks that lead to the end goal.
The job, once design is ready, can be very enjoyable for long stretches of uninterrupted concentration on a single project. I'm told that I've caught on and developed my talents in magazine design very quickly. It's beneficial that the days are varied with the types of tasks so that one single thing doesn't become repetitive.
The work environment is solid for the most part. The rest of the people on the creative team are fantastic, friendly and helpful coworkers. I couldn't ask for a nicer group of people, including my very hard working and dedicated boss. Having some time to chat with my coworkers in a laid back environment is the best part of the day.