A lot of people would change careers if they could. Everyone wants to be a designer at some point in their lives, but if they haven’t got any money when they are starting, then they won’t be able to buy the software that they need. They will have fallen at the first hurdle and they would have gone running straight back to the daily grind of their everyday job.
If that sounds like you, then you have come to the right place. If you continue reading then you will get some tips on how to get started and what equipment you will need to get you on the right track towards becoming a designer.
If you want to become a designer then you are going to have to have do some sort of educational course. Employers rarely take on designers unless that has had some formal training.
Some companies might recognize that you have a natural aptitude for design and they might take you on as an apprentice to see what sort of skills you have. These opportunities are few and far between though. You will have to be very lucky to get on this sort of course.
If you want to completely change career, but you can’t afford to just quit your job, then you can do a design course online, or go to night school. Therefore, you will still have money coming in.
Of course, this will mean that your course will take a lot longer to complete but you will have money coming in and you won’t feel like you are stuck in a dead end job. You will know that you are working towards something.
You will need to have a good design computer at home. Apple Mac computers and laptops are the normal computers used in the industry. This is because they are powerful and they can handle massive files.
If you can’t afford to buy a computer straight off, then you have the option of using a student discount as long as you have already started your course, otherwise you might have to stick with using the computers at university
If you are sure that you want to become a designer and you have already enrolled on the courses that you need to, then it is time to look at things you can do to make yourself stand out from other students.
One of the things you can do is to find design companies in your area and ask them for some volunteer work. You will be getting experience in the field that you want, and they will be getting work done for free. It benefits both sides.
Furthermore, you will be able to network and get contacts so you can call in a few favours when it is time for you to get a job. You can put your volunteer work on your resume and design companies will see that you have experience in the industry.
If you are starting out, then you will want to get your own copy of the software used in the industry. You could get a student copy from your university, or you could buy your own, which might cost a lot more than you are expecting.
You should look online for software suppliers who sell software like Adobe for a lot cheaper than the retail price. This is because they will offer the software as a digital download. These companies do not have to pay for the cost of shipping or packaging so they can be offered at a cut price. You could even get a student copy from these companies and pay even less.