Hi, Im new and looking for some advice, career wise...
When i was at school, i discovered i was quite arty and creative and got abit of attention from other school kids and teachers for my art work.. i took art and design as a GCSE and considered Graphic Design as my main career choice.
To keep a long story short, i planned to go to college to pursue that career option but i didnt and got a job instead (not in graphic design)... So i decided id work for a few years and go back to education after.
I so wish i hadnt!, as the job i got was kinda "dead-end ish", and most of all, i didnt return to education and i didnt continue to practice my artistic and creative abilities :(.. i choose to spend that time out with friends instead like the silly young fool i was..
So, ive just turned 24 and its like ive just been hit with the reality stick, hard! I feel like im panicking because i always en-visioned myself as havin a really good, well paid career when im older and ive not even started yet!! D=
So im back to considering a career in Graphic Design and getting back into education asap. The thing is, im naturally arty and creative yeh, but i havnt put them into practice for quite a while and worried i may have lost my touch, or even if im creative enough to be good enough for a career in this field. Also, ive been reading alot of negativity surrounding Graphic Design.. as in, lack of jobs, jobs to grads ratio, low wage, fierce compition ect.. id really hate struggling to find work and having to fight to the death for it after spending years in education.. Are things really that bad?!.. its kind of off-putting but i really cant see myself being in any other career other than design.. i do have a passion for it, i just need to give it chance to grow!
So, i guess the thing for me to do is to test my ability and creative-ness! But how shall i do this? Am i best searching for some 'mock' type briefs on the net and posting it for people to comment on? Do you guys know any good briefs to work too? or compitions? blogs or articles to read? anything to get the ball rollin..
I know my way round photoshop btw, im no expert but i know a thing or two :)
P.s, what career option alternatives are there to a graphic designer? E.g, for a creative-less, photoshop pro? (not that im creative-less, but something to fall back on..)