To build a successful career as a graphic designer you will need to combine your technical flair and knowledge with creativity and imagination. You will also need to have excellent communication skills in order to ensure that you have understood a client's brief and that you have conveyed your own ideas in a manner that makes it easy for the client to understand.
Graphic designers are primarily employed in the advertising, marketing and PR industries, but alternative employers may include publishing houses, media companies, games developers and web design consultancies. Don't forget though, that Graphic Designers are also employed throughout a range of "non-creative" industries from construction companies to the public sector.
The following links will allow you to explore some of the roles open to a graduate with a graphic design degree.
It’s essential that you have a good working knowledge of software packages such as: Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash. Your portfolio should demonstrate the range and depth of your skills, knowledge and creativity. You would be well advised to take every opportunity to develop new skills and be as innovative as possible in your work. Recruiters are looking for someone with talent certainly, but they are also looking for someone with passion and determination.
How to be a graphic designer, without losing your soul (Adrian Shaughnessy)
This book should prove very useful. It will help you to consider what it is to be a designer and understand the professional frameworks you may find yourself in. It contains information, guidance and advice that is very pertinent to both briefs in the Professional Studies module and for design specialism module considerations. Plus, it’s a lovely piece of design in its own right. Win win!