We are all in search of that perfect job that helps us evolve personally and professionally and also pays the monthly bills. However, especially when we are young and inexperienced, we often find ourselves in the position to choose between challenging jobs that we love, but don’t pay enough and well-paid jobs that we don’t particularly like.
Our team of designers has gathered some tips that will help young designers find the right jobs, that can ensure professional satisfaction, recognition and money:
Make solid, realistic plans
Nothing is possible without a well-thought plan. The first move towards a new designer career is about establishing realistic goals and finding the most effective ways to get there. Make time for planning and try to find out-of-the box methods of achieving your goals. Are you looking for a job at a big company or would you rather pursue a freelancer career? Make sure you know exactly what you want (we know that may be hard sometimes😊) and move towards this goal boldly and with determination.
Never stop learning
The best designers are those who never stop learning and keep adjusting to this ever-changing environment. Even if you didn’t go to an elite design school, it doesn’t mean you can’t be a good designer. Whether you focus on visual and interaction design, print, web, or mobile app design, you can go through tutorials and read lots of books on graphic design theory and user experience. Also, there are so many great resources online to learn HTML, CSS. Even if you don’t want to work as a developer, it helps to know at least the basics.
Don’t let procrastination get in your way
Sometimes you may be tempted to get disorganized or postpone tasks for days on end. The truth is we all procrastinate from time to time and that’s OK up to a point. But don’t let procrastination stop you from achieving your goals. There are a lot of methods that can help you increase productivity: change your environment, stick to your plan by creating specific tasks with strict deadlines, eliminate all distractions (yes, that includes checking your Facebook account every 5 minutes or so😊), talk to your friends about your goals. Do whatever you need to, but never let procrastination damage your potential and ultimately, your career.
Don’t refuse pro-bono projects
Of course, earning money is important, but especially as a creative individual, you should consider to what extent the jobs you take facilitate what you want to accomplish personally and professionally. Sometimes it may be profitable for your career advancement to accept pro-bono projects. You will feel good about it, especially if you will contribute to the success of a noble cause.
Carefully prepare your portfolio
We advise you to pay great attention to the pieces you include into your designer portfolio. Include your strongest pieces, make your presentation simple and straightforward (quality, not quantity) and choose the samples that are most relevant for the job you apply to.
Connect with people in your industry
As a freelancer it is especially important to be updated about what is happening within your industry and therefore it is essential to build a network of contacts. Whether you are a freelancer or an in-house designer, you must always keep up with what is going on in the world of business, technology, advertising and marketing, which takes up a considerable amount of time and effort. But if you want to offer your clients quality services and grow your business, research and networking are a must.
If you are good, you will succeed
Whatever you want to do, you won’t succeed unless you believe in yourself and act accordingly. You want to be successful, so you must think positive, inspiring, and motivating thoughts.
Work hard, stay focused and consistent, trust your instincts and you will get there. In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated with the latest news in web international business, design, advertising and marketing. And we’ll keep our fingers crossed for you!