Planning A Career In Creative Design

By 26th February 2018Career Advice
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Get Your Foot In The Door With A Portfolio And Design Qualifications

If you’re hoping to kickstart your creative design career, find out how to develop your talents to join this imaginative industry.

65% of children in primary school will end up working in jobs that don’t yet exist, according to the World Economic Forum. Recent discussions about jobs that will make up the world of work in 2030 highlight roles such as a superstructure printer to assemble 3d skyscraper images or a remote robotic surgeon to provide operations in areas with less healthcare, as industries that our children might enter.

There’s no doubt that robots and AI are going to be a prominent part of our future, but there’s good news for those who are interested about entering the creative design world. Martin Ford, who is a futurist and author of “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future”, believes that the creative field is home to some of the most resilient types of work as “humans are still best at creativity”.  So, if you’re planning a career in creative design, then how do you get started?

Use Your Passion To Create A Great Portfolio

Few people enter this niche without a passion for all things design-related. It’s likely that you’ll have excelled at art & design subjects in school or at least enjoyed them as hobbies in your spare time. If you’re at the pre-qualification stage, then it’s important to start putting together a portfolio of your best work, as soon as you can. These days, it’s essential that you have a website which showcases your breadth of skills. It may be worth trying to find a design mentor to motivate you in putting together different styles of work, some of which might be outside of your comfort zone. You can use social media pages to follow inspirational design leaders and grow your own network of followers. If you don’t have enough work yet, then ask friends and family if they need help with anything from logo creation to coming up with a flyer design for the local youth club.

Formal Qualifications

Putting together a portfolio is a valuable step in helping you practice your craft, but at some point you’ll likely want some formal design education beyond what you’ve been taught at school. Most professionals entering the creative design field will hold at least a foundation degree or HND in graphic design but many will have obtained a full degree in a design or visual arts-related subject. As you work towards your qualifications, you’ll produce much more work which can be added to your portfolio.

Getting Your First Creative Design Job

With new research suggesting that 85% of all jobs are found through networking, rather than direct applications, it makes sense to put a lot of effort into making and retaining contacts. Stay in touch with your college tutors, anyone that you’ve done design projects for in the past and utilise LinkedIn and other social media platforms to keep new doors opening for you. Internships are also a great idea as they provide you with on-the-job experience and give you a chance to meet fellow professionals. If you’re based in the south-east for instance, then you might start by approaching Essex web design agencies to see if they can offer you an internship during your college holidays. Once you receive a permanent position, you can expect to earn a typical salary of £20-50k depending on experience.

If you’re serious about a career in creative design, then passion and perseverance will take you a long way. So, collect your best work together, knuckle down and get some qualifications and always be on the lookout for job opportunities to get you started in this fascinating and imaginative career.