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How do you become a graphic designer with a full time job?

I took a few GD classes in college and have done a few jobs for friends but, I have a long ways to go. I want to become a graphic designer and get out of my sales position. It is hard because I also have to pay rent and do not want to go back to college. Any advice? #graphic-design #graphic-designer #graphic-designer


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Ryan’s Answer

Hi Maureen,

I think there are plenty of good options here, but two immediately come to mind.

First, experience and positive feedback are always good to have in any area like graphic design. Websites like fiverr.com offer you the chance to get some work, experience, and reviews of your work while you can also make some money. It's a great place to get started and get some experience under your belt.

Secondly, I would look up some online courses to continue to build on your current skill set. Online certificate programs are great for continuing education and they'll help you grow your resume. Here's a link to some ideas in this area: https://www.codespaces.com/best-graphic-design-courses-certifications.html.

Hope this helps!

Thank you! Maureen M.

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Terri’s Answer

Hi Maureen,

I agree with previous answers given and would stress the importance of continuing your education if you've decided to make graphic design a full-time career choice. Check out Coursera and other online learning platforms for courses in graphic design: https://www.coursera.org/search?query=graphic%20design&. It's important to learn the fundamentals of design as well as the industry software programs you will use every day, like those found in Adobe's Creative Cloud suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Acrobat). Graphic design requires strategic thinking in addition to a strong design sense, creativity and a clear eye.

Join online design forums. Creative Market has info on some of the best graphic design and creative jobs groups to join here: https://creativemarket.com/blog/best-graphic-design-creative-jobs-groups

Talk to graphic designers and ask them how they got started and what they love about their jobs.

Look around you -- design is everywhere! (Good, bad, and everything in between.)

Compile your work in a digital portfolio. Once it's been reviewed and you feel it's strong, reach out to talent agencies like Creative Circle and Aquent to gain additional experience as a freelance resource.

Good luck!

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Bashar’s Answer

Its always important to understand majors before studying them, if you want to become a graphic designer then start by taking courses and learn the real meaning of design and why is design important, you don't want to become a tool.. you want to be a creator!

Study design get your bachelor or your courses certificates, and then work on creating some project on your own to create a strong portfolio to present it to employers.


And always remember to look for what you want to work on for your employers!

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Jetangeline’s Answer

HI Maureen!

It helps to have an online presence - an online portfolio to share out to potential clients and to showcase your work. Picking up small jobs from friends is a good way to start and gather material for your portfolio. Joining Behance or Dribbble online art communities is also another way to get exposure into the space. Lastly I would scour job boards for potential graphic design project listings.

Good luck!

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