Education is key to making progress in any job field. Even the most simple job needs instruction and direction to understand how to handle it. As a graphic designer I needed proper training and understanding of my field and of the business world to succeed.
I took business courses at university and earned a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design to jump start my graphic design career. You can also get an Associate’s degree with a focus on graphic design or fine arts or a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts if you are interested in pursuing a career in graphic design. Some people even got the extra mile with a PhD in graphic design, but frankly that seems to be excessive to me and not practical. Most employers are happy enough if you earn a Bachelor’s and many are also content with an Associate’s degree. I suppose I find the PhD kind of excessive because clients should have to pay you more since you have higher education, yet a lot of clients or employers won’t want to hire you because they will have to pay you more. Unless you are willing to take a cut in pay of what your mind is worth from it’s education standards.
The second most important part of education and preparation for your career in graphic design, is to put together a portfolio. Portfolios are necessary if you want to succeed and draw in customers. You should start putting gone together while you are still at university working on your degree. That way you can jump right into the job market. Graphic designers portfolios can come in all forms, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box so you will stand out from the crowd. Your portfolio can be printed portfolios in a book format or you can put together a portfolio on a website, a cd or a DVD. I myself have both a book format portfolio with my best work, a mini portfolio available on my website and a DVD format to showcase my talent with moving graphic design.