Characteristics of good designers include a lot more than just raw talent. To be an effective junior designer, you need a few skills and attributes that will make you stand out from your classmates. If you work hard at the following skills, you will be become extremely valuable as a junior designer to potential employers and clients when searching for design work. Often, having talent will only get you so far before you are expected to up your game as a junior designer. Making yourself indispensable is your ultimate goal. If you have these design skills, you’re on the right track to success:
Be Adaptable to Change
Being adaptable and versatile to change in the workplace is a highly sought after skill. This means you are a problem solver, can meet new demands from clients or the industry and can think strategically and practically. Instead of thinking, “I don’t do that,” tell yourself that “I can’t do that yet, but I want to learn.” Putting yourself in this mindset as a junior designer will help you adapt and nurture new skills that will allow you to respond to new demands in your design job. Anticipating and recognizing possible problems before they even arise will help you become more goal-oriented with your design team (and a more valuable part of the team), resulting you being placed on more design projects you want to work on.
Always Be Learning
After you graduate, the learning doesn’t stop. Since the design industries usually move at a fast pace, it can be hard to stay on top of the latest design technologies and techniques available. Effective and successful designers are lifelong learners and are passionate about expanding their skill set to become proficient at their craft. There are a few things that junior designers can do to help themselves – be curious, always search for new inspiration, learn from designers that are better than you, find a mentor and be genuinely enthusiastic and interested in all things design.