The talisman in design jobs

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Graphic Design studying on the way in August

Hello again. Missed me? It’s been a while since I posted here. So how is it going, you might think. Well, when it comes to finding work, it’s non-existence. Maybe I should have some kind of talisman, a good luck charm to get anything. Getting a job in any occupation is difficult. The truth is, there’s always someone who won’t get hired. There are more job seekers then there are jobs. In design, the competition is even harder. There’s so many of them and different kind. I wonder how there are enough of clients for everyone. In a small country like Finland (compared to bigger countries), you would think it’s even more difficult. Here you need to stand out even more. It’s not only about applying for jobs, it’s finding something to apply to which is my problem. Searching jobs in the open market is a pain since the requirements from the employers can be quite unrealistic. I see no point in applying because it’s obvious I won’t even get an interview. I don’t have the skills to the job or the experience either. Luckily there are other ways to find work.

At the moment I do an employment training course in entrepreneurship. I applied to one earlier but I didn’t get in so I applied to another. This one is mostly online. We’re supposed to watch educational videos made by the consultants and then write a business plan with questions. Trying to write it has made me realise how unready I am to be an entrepreneur. I have never seen me as one. My father has an own business and so was my grandfather (who died when my mother was a child) but I just give up too easily. My weakness is marketing. As an introvert, networking is a pain. I find this course a bit boring so my motivations aren’t very high. It seems like anywhere you look, web designers offer the same. I don’t think I don’t have anything new to offer. I’m not an inventor, I do design. I’m been thinking about what kind of services I want to have. I don’t only want to do websites. When I studied web design, I got this idea I would have both web/graphic design and photography if I become an entrepreneur. If I only did one thing I would get bored. I like variety and I got experiences of all three. Photography would just be a bonus though.

I don’t really know what to call myself. Web Designer who does graphic design or Graphic Designer doing web design. Maybe more of the first since I have a qualification. I would like to do graphic design that is only used online. But of course, if a client wants it in print, that’s alright too. Last time I studied graphic design was in 2011 so I thought of updating my knowledge. I applied the 2nd time to a graphic design education in Helsinki Design School. I studied photography there in 2015. It’s not full-time so if I have a job I can still study at the same time. It starts in August. It’s still a long way to go so anything can happen. Maybe something I already know is learned but every teacher is pro in their own field. Last time I studied there it didn’t get me anywhere. I go there with an open mind. You never stop learning in design. I really hope I have something by then. If it’s entrepreneurship or working somewhere else. My mind is complicated and has a lot going on. It would really be time for me to make up my mind for the future. Everyone needs a little talisman in their life and I hope I find mine.

Inspiration

inspiration

Inspiration
A web designer, yes I am
You need inspiration to be one
It’s not just about coding, it’s about finding the right niche
Get inspiration of what you like
Find it on the street or the closest park
Get inspiration of other sites
Colours, layouts, fonts and everything in between
Photos are good when you take them yourself
Find inspiration from within and share it
Make others happy with your design and leave the negative behind
Web design is a way of living
The inspiration comes when you at least need it

I passed the test!

I passed

Today is the day when I can happily say, I passed the final exam of my web design education 🙂 I wasn’t sure if my presentation would have been good enough. It wasn’t as bad as I thought at first. The evaluators were really easy-going and they gave me good advice. I would have been satisfied with just getting the preparatory training certificate but the qualification one is even better. It makes me feel I have achieved something. Even if I had difficulties, I still managed to get through them. But there’s no use of all these certificates if you can’t get a job.

That’s the next step I have to take again. I already applied to a few but I don’t think I’m qualified for those jobs. There’s no harm in applying though. It just shows you’re not being lazy. Finding a place as a web designer near your hometown is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Both of those jobs I applied for are in Helsinki area. The other option to get a job is self-employment but that’s not for everyone. I have considered that too but it’s a lot of work. It does tempt me because then I can do things at home. It’s the other stuff that I don’t want to go through. It’s riskier than working for someone else. I really liked the time when we had on the job learning thing. I learned to think on my own. I felt freer and I didn’t have to work from 9 am to 5 pm. I could do the work from 3 pm to something else. I could do everything in my own time. There was a deadline when to get the work done so I couldn’t really be lazy whenever I wanted. Now it’s a little different because now I have to know what to charge the future clients.

Another thing could be self-employed or freelancer, if you like, is to find clients. That’s where the work is and also you have to sell your soul.  I mean your skills. It’s difficult if you’re just starting out. What I like the least is networking. Online it’s easier but you also need to meet people in real life. At least that’s what I read about. For an introvert it’s hell. I handled all my clients through emails and it took a while before I got a reply but yet I got it done. It could be the same for real too. There’s also a chance to become a light entrepreneur where you don’t need to have a business. All the paperwork are done for you. That could be a good way to try your wings on freelancing. The easiest way would be trying to get a job somewhere but if that’s not gonna happen, then it’s their loss. One thing is for sure and that’s not having a job at all. Going to school is not an option either.

This is the first time in my life that I can actually say what I do. I’m a web designer, yes I am. What is left is to get a job where I can make a living out of it. It’s time to put these new skills to action.

 

 

Tallenna

Tallenna

Tallenna

Tallenna

Tallenna

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