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Advice for a mature designer


#1
Hello all,

I have completed a design degree as a mature student and am now looking for work in the industry. My problem is that I have a small amount of experience with graphic design from previous jobs and dealing wit clients in particular. Because of this I would not necessarily class myself as a "junior" and if I would apply for these jobs the pay would be quite terrible.

Does anyone have any advice for such a situation? Would I be able to land a middleweight designer job, or would something else be more suitable/attainable? Any help anyone can offer would be appreciated.
 

bigdave

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#3
Employers are not allowed to take age, sex or race into consideration when recruiting so all they have left is experience & ability. If you've got no directly relevant experience, you're on par with any other graduate trying to shoot for a mid-weight position. It might be advisable to think how your skills and abilities can work in an employers favor, then work those into your CV/covering letter. You will struggle to get past the creative recruitment agents without 3-4 years studio experience and a portfolio bulging with blue chip clients (They really are the biggest bunch of self important w**kers you could ever meet!).

I can see how you feel you are perhaps beyond a junior position but it's worth remembering that working as a junior gives you a valuable insight and technical knowledge of the industry as well as the opportunity to work under and learn from more experienced designers.
 
#4
That said, if you have previous experience within the industry and are now armed with a degree to boot then, arguably, you would be ahead of plenty of those graduates and perhaps more in line to go into a slightly more senior position.

As Dave says, just because you're a bit older and may not want the lower wage isn't cause enough to demand a higher position. Before getting the degree, you may have felt that lacking one was holding you back despite a bit of experience and so now you have it you may be able to go for that higher role, but the type of experience is pretty key and you'd need a decent portfolio to go with it.