I titled this post so it has a better chance of popping up on the search engines. Bare with me here as I’m doing an SEO experiment and practicing my writing skills.
This post is intended to help those who might happen to stumble upon this. A lot of people who are into art, graffiti or anything creative usually gravitate towards a career that suits them. So most of those people segue into Graphic Design, Graphic Art, Web Design, etc. or even a combination of those and more.
I’ve been browsing the Craigslist forums lately and the most consistently expressed statement out there is: “I need a job”.
This is a partial list of what I think will help you land that job (or at least point you in the right direction):
1. You will have to do some serious self-assessment. Ask yourself some questions like:
What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing?
How much do you need to live decently?
How far are you willing to drive/move?
What is your minimum & maximum salary requirement?
What else would you consider as a career if the first plan doesn’t work out?
2. Write down jobs that you think will match your skill sets.
The great thing about being in Graphic Design is that there are many avenues that you can choose. And if one doesn’t work out for whatever reason, you can always fall back on something that you don’t enjoy as much, but can still do. Or you can do a little bit of everything. It’s really up to you. The world is yours. Ha.
3. Keep on learning and keep your skill sets up to date.
You will have A LOT of down time while you’re sending out resumés. Use that time wisely to learn something new that will be beneficial to when you actually have a job. It will also keep your mind occupied in the meantime. Create projects for yourself, pick out something that you would like to redesign or recreate. Practice even when it seems useless. There are so many resources out there – think of the internet as your library. Let Google be your guide to free knowledge.
4. Scenario: You’re angry that you wasted that time going to college, accumulating a lot of debt – only to land a low-paying or minimum wage job. What do you do?
I actually used to envy those that DID go to college and got their degrees. I always thought that those with degrees would get the best jobs. And that still holds true if you are really good but times are changing rapidly and you will be competing with those who have actual work experience. The reality is, you might have that college degree but you will still start at the bottom of the pay scale once you get that job and you will have to build your way up again. That’s how it goes. You have to show and prove yourself no matter where you go. Everybody has to start somewhere.
5. Another scenario: You’ve got tons of work experience but you can’t find a job. What do you do?
Find another niche to get into; one that is not as popular or as glamourous but will pay you consistently, even during hard times (like now). Most designers who start off want that cool job, the one that will turn them into rockstars. Go the opposite way, it’s less competitive.
6. Be patient, your time will come.
Often times we want things to happen NOW, but that’s rarely the case. The universe works in mysterious ways, and when it’s YOUR time, it will happen. Everybody gets their turn.
I will post more stuff when I think of them.