Hiya all, first time poster here.
Okay, here's the story. I'm a young designer (19) who's been lucky enough to get straight into the print industry from the get go. I work for a digital solutions company that happens to do design as well as the whole artwork/repro/platemaking etc. I've been in the industry for about two years now working on big brand stuff such as Malteasers, Bisto, Kipling and lots of others so I know I must have some sort of potential there.
My plan is to work in-house design until I build myself up a list of clients and would be making enough to keep a roof over my head and food in my belly and go from there. In a lot of the other posts I see advice such as "Get yourself an online portfolio and show off what you can do". See now quite a lot of my very best work is all big branded stuff and I'm not sure whether I'm allowed to post this kind of work on a web portfolio due to confidentiality issues between our clients and my place of work. So this is my first question; Where do I stand with work I produce on the behalf of my employer & these confidentiality issues?
My second query is; how would I go about getting said clients and building myself up? I'm very happy with the work I do at the moment, but it's awfuly strict in the ways of branding and I don't think I could stand working in the same place for years on end. I would love nothing more than to be able to push myself into more creative work and up the ladder to the point where I would be able to start up my own business.
ANY help or advice would be appreciated an awful lot!