A Guide to Becoming a Junior Designer

As any junior designer, you want to give yourself the best start to launching your career. A career as a designer is exciting for anyone interested in the digital communication field and can be highly rewarding for those who are passionate about what they do. There are some things as a junior designer you can do to make yourself more valuable and indispensable to design agencies.

Get a Good Design Education
If you choose the degree route, make sure you are enrolling in the best design courses. There are many advantages and disadvantages for attending design school, but it can be a great start for junior designers who need some guidance and a solid foundation to work from. Having a design degree is a good way to get your foot in the door with potential design employers and back up your skills as a designer or developer. Design school can give you the drive to teach yourself a subject whether you want to or not, or fail. Design school also gives you a focus and a structure to follow along.

Obtaining a design degree will help you become a more well-polished design thinker and will place you in a position for more job opportunities and design interviews. Getting a good design education as a junior designer will allow you to be become better equipped for dealing with clients, co-workers, deadlines and pressure associated with your job.

Learn Outside the Classroom
While you’re attending design school, you may notice some of your courses aren’t going to teach you everything you need to know to become a young creative. It’s important that designer are not only technically-sound, but are also prepared for what real-world design problems may arise. If you treat school like your job and produce high quality it will show that you take your design education and career seriously. Developing a work ethic now will give you a head step when you enter the workforce. Being proactive about your design education outside the classroom is also important. There are many online design resources that you can use to the fullest.

Resumes
Having a well-designed, clean and simple resume is something all juniors must have. Your resume is your representation of your first impression, since many employers will look at your resume before they even examine your portfolio. Some employers look at boring, plain resumes all day so make sure to make your resume memorable, or else they won’t even bother to contact you. Even the smallest error on your resume can sink your chances of landing a junior design job. Be sure to check all grammar and include all the essential information the employer needs to know about you before they meet with you in an interview setting.

Placements and Junior Design Internships
Experience is a differentiator that can place you miles above your competition. Unfortunately, if you’re fresh out of school, you obviously won’t have much experience besides maybe 1 or 2 internships. Even if they require you to have 1-4 years of experience for a junior design position, don’t let that scare you away. They usually only do this to get the best applicants for the position. If you don’t have any experience, focus on your excellent communication skills, your willingness to learn in the field of design and your portfolio.