Education is key. Education is a key component when applying for a Graphic Design position with most companies. You will want to concentrate your college studies on Graphic Design and additional classes in Web Design, interfaces, and different web building. Most employers do require you to have a BS or Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design just for an Entry Level position. In some cases the employer may accept an AA or Associates Degree only if you have a strong work background and experience working in the graphic design industry.
Exceptions to the Rule are not the norm. There have been rare cases where self-taught individuals with no formal training whom have a large graphics background history, possibly self-employed with existing clientele examples have been hired into these positions, yet this is rare and not the norm. In a nutshell, there are too many formally educated students are coming out of college looking for a job to compete with those who have not gone to college. Needless to say an Employer will want those who have the skills and education above those who are not up to date with the most recent computer programs.
Internships can be had and are worth looking into. One of the key suggestions I have for yearning graphic designers is to find an internship while still in school for Graphic Design. This usually unpaid position will give you the experience you need on paper and teach you what it’s really like in a hustling and bustling graphic design job. Not only will you gain real life experience but it may gain you credibility when applying for the Graphic Design dream job. In some cases internships can create you a paid position with the company, if your work is valuable enough and they have money in their budget to hire you.
Portfolio should be the first thing you concentrate on even while in school. This means start doing graphics or web design for people, even if it’s free to gain experience. This is a good idea to start this while you are still in school or learning. Start building clientele on your own and this way you will have a portfolio of your work to show a prospective employer. By the end of school, you may find that you have enough clientele for self-employed and not have to work for a large company.
Applying for jobs is easy, but finding jobs are hard. Once you have your ducks in a row you can look for open positions near you. Applying for them should be easy if you have your experience, education and portfolio ready. A good resume is key. The hard part however, if finding one. Most large companies only have one designer on staff, and others outsource their work.
Author: Ira Mency