14 Problems Every Graphic Design Student Will Face After Graduation
Graphic Design is an undeniably great degree to study. But even the greatest degrees come with some problems after graduation.
1. Having to explain that your degree equipped you to do more than just make colours, shapes and logos.
2. But struggling to ensure your CV reflects all of these skills at once.
3. And defend yourself against the assumption that you’re just another art student.
There are art students, and there are design students.
4. The desperate hunt for work experience.
Don’t you wish you did that summer internship at M&C Saatchi now instead of a going away on a family holiday to Portugal?
5. And the realisation that you’re constantly up against stiff competition for every job you love.
“How exactly do I make myself seem more qualified than I actually am?”
6. Constantly trying to connect with BIG names on LinkedIn.
You are now connected to the CEO of Waltz Disney Animation Studios, but will it get you a job?
7. Having to accept that you’ll probably have to do some branding for free before people will offer you money for your skills.
8. Actually missing having your tutors there to criticise your work until it’s perfect.
9. Obsessively trying to keep your portfolio as up to date as possible.
“I can’t possibly go travelling because what about my portfolio???!!!”
10. The fear when you suddenly find yourself in charge of a project.
11. Or when a client asks for one thing in a brief, but actually means another.
12. And then tries to delay payment.
13. Missing your course friends even more than you imagined you would.
They got you through those hideous months of your FMP deadline. It’s not the same without them.
14. And the worry that being a graduate Graphic Designer isn’t meeting up to your high expectations.
Just give it time. Remember the patience you learned when using Adobe Software? Use it now.