Career change to be a Graphic Designer? Ep36/45 [Beginners Guide to Graphic Design]

– Hello and welcome to this
beginner’s guide series to graphic design, from what graphic design is, skills to be a graphic designer, design theory, education you need, equipment you need, to the graphic design portfolio, and interview advice. This series is for anyone at any level. So if you’re interested in graphic design and consider becoming a graphic designer, then join me as I discuss a
series of graphic design topics. (upbeat music) So you’re thinking about a career change and getting into graphic design. You may currently be in a
different creative career, or perhaps you have not gone through the traditional
creative education process. You don’t have any
creative qualifications, and you may be wondering, “Is it too late for me
to be a graphic designer? “Where do I begin? “And do I need to go back to school?” in this video, I’m going
to discuss these questions, and I’ll be recommending some approaches on things you can keep in mind. In this video, I’ll also
be sharing my experience and advice on your education options. So the path to becoming a graphic designer can be a long one. You can spend years learning
and a lot of money on books, college courses, university courses, and even online courses. So you may be wondering, “Is any of this actually necessary?” Well, part of becoming a graphic designer is through the traditional
education system. In fact, it’s quite the important part. These are vital years
where you get the chance to practice your skills and
study to become qualified. One of the reasons this is key
is because at the end of it you have a specialized portfolio, which is the foot in the
door to the design industry. However, in my opinion, I don’t
think this is the only way to become a graphic designer. I believe personal development,
talent, determination, and ambition can be equally
as important and valuable. Most employers today don’t
look at your education. They look at the person, the experience, and the portfolio of work. So the first question, is it too late for me to
be a graphic designer? Well, quite simply, the answer is no. It is never too late to
pursue a career in creativity. The only thing that will
ever hold yourself back is unfortunate circumstances
and your skillset. If you are wondering if
you have what it takes to be a graphic designer, I recommend you watch previous episodes where I talk about the practical skills, psychological skills, and
talent to be a graphic designer, episode 19 through to 21. If you feel you have what it takes, you have the passion,
commitment, and determination, then you can reach your
goal, but be prepared. It is by no means easy and will
take some time, even years. So where do I begin? Well, if you’re starting
from the beginning, it will prove harder, but not impossible. If you take the right
steps in the right order, you can quickly prepare
yourself for the industry. To get started, I would suggest you undertake six key steps. and I would recommend you do
them in the following order. Step one, learn and research. Step two, collect. Step three, be inspired. Step four, practice. Step five, seek education. And once you are ready,
you can apply your skills in the last step, step
six, and apply for jobs. If you’re new to this series, I have a video dedicated to
each step, one through to five. From episode 22 to 26. If you’ve not seen this videos, I suggest you go check them out as they give all the advice you need. Next question, do I need
to go back to school? Well, if you’re older and currently in a non-creative career, chances are you will not have gone through the traditional creative education process and don’t have a
portfolio of work to show. To enter into the design industry, you will need a certain level of skill and portfolio of work. Now this can be developed
casually in your own time, but if you’re serious
about changing your career to get into graphic design, I would recommend you seek
education in your spare time. This will help equip you
with what you will need to enter into the design industry. Now your education approach
here will be an alternative one. Students from a young age will
have spent years exploring a broad creative curriculum. You may not want to spend years learning, so you’re going to need to be more direct with your education choices. Here you can consider taking
up some evening classes. Try and look for evening classes
or workshops in your area, in your local colleges or universities in subject you really wanna specialize in, subjects like creative web design, graphic communication, hand
lettering, screen printing, and so on. These will encourage
you to exercise, build, and practice your skills, and help you start to build a portfolio. As well as evening classes, you can enroll in various
design courses online. These will provide you with
briefs which will change you and encourage you to produce more work, all of which will aid you in the development of your portfolio. So those are some options you
can consider for education. If you want to learn more about education, I recommend you watch episode 28, Education to be a Graphic Designer. In that video, I discussed
education options in more depth and offer more advice. So if you’re looking for a career change to graphic design, have passion and drive, then I would encourage you to go ahead. It’s never too late. Just remember, take your time and don’t make any rash decisions. Keep in mind, it is possible
to build your portfolio and skills in your own time while undertaking another job. Only when you feel you
have a good portfolio and you’re ready would I suggest you fully
commit to a new job in design. Well, I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, hit the Like
button on my Facebook page. If you’d like to see more
videos like this in the future, hit the Subscribe button. And you can also follow me
on Twitter at TastyTuts. So, after completing all the
steps, one through to five, on how to become a designer, you should be ready to
start looking for jobs in the design industry. In the next video, I’m going
to talk about the last step, step six, apply your skills. So see you in the next video. (upbeat music)

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7 thoughts on “Career change to be a Graphic Designer? Ep36/45 [Beginners Guide to Graphic Design]

  1. So far I noticed that your this kind of video hit with poor like – but trust me bro – this graphic design series has helped many people and many of them just forget o hit the like button- . keep going bro – You are amazing.

  2. Thank you, Gareth, your videos are useful, inspiring and a source of valuable knowledge for many people. Keep on keeping on.

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