Can I change careers and become a designer? This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get, so I’m going to use this blog post to do my best to give some guidance which I hope will be useful.
In short, the answer is… YES! We’ve helped many people who have done exactly that so I can confidently say it is possible. It won’t be easy. It’ll take time and a lot of effort but it can be done. We can help but there are a few steps to go through and others to talk to before we can be effective.
Firstly, why do you want to be a designer? It’s important to analyse why you want to make this change and what impact it will have on your life. What would a career as a designer give you?
Are you sure? Can you spare the time to train? Will your finances cope? You will need to invest in training, software and possibly hardware too. The initial salary in your new career could be less than what you’re currently earning.
What about family? Maybe your partner? Will they support you? They probably will but it’s a good idea to speak to someone impartial too (we can help).
Training. You’ll need training. I’ve come across plenty of people who have a natural affinity for design, but even they can benefit from training. Design is more than logos and image manipulation. Design is all around us. Whether it’s the film poster on the side of the bus, the chair you’re sitting on or the packaging of the chocolate bar you’re thinking about eating later. It’s not just about mastering the software either. There’s a lot of theory and practical information that you’ll need to learn.
Another facet is communication. The job of a designer isn’t limited to what’s on the page or the screen. You’re a communications professional. Listening to people, understanding their needs, being able to articulate you own ideas are all absolutely critical to your success. Having a thorough and confident grasp of the theory is essential.
There are lots of ways to learn and lots of providers too. I’m sure you’ll be able to find one that suits you. You might even find one that you can fit around your current circumstances.
You’ll probably need to pay fees so look around and don’t be afraid to get in touch and ask questions.
Will you succeed?
Get in touch with us once you’ve completed your course (making sure to include your newly-designed CV and portfolio) and we’ll do our best to help you.