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.
My point of view on education-related graphic design
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 go the extra mile with a Ph.D. 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 its education standards.
A simple summary on portfolios
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.
Having the right communication skill is crucial
In your career as a freelance graphic designer, your ability to communicate with your clients plays arguably the biggest role. There will be a time when you are going to need to convince an employer to hire you for a certain job; there will be a time when you are going to need to negotiate the salary and not only that, you are also going to need to be able to understand what your client is asking from you. Altogether, it is realizable that in my career as a graphic designer, the communication skills that I am blessed with played a big part in my journey of reaching the place where I am today. Regardless of your skill level and working experience, communication is at the center of everything.