Graphic design involves arranging art and copy layouts of visual communications media such as books, magazines, newspapers, television, and packaging.
Job Titles to Consider
Computer Graphic Designer
Digital and Interactive Designer
Environmental Graphic Designer
Film and Video Designer
Graphic Designer Professor
Can you prove you have the most important skills to hear “You’re Hired”?
Communication skills involve active listening, presentation as well as excellent writing capabilities. Can you explain technical concepts to partners, customers and coworkers in a way they will understand?
Computer and Technical Literacy
Today, most jobs require basic competency in computer software.
The ability to work in teams, relate to people and manage conflict is extremely important in the workplace. How have you done this in the past? What is your conflict management style?
Are you able to adapt to changes and manage multiple tasks? In today’s professional world, the ability to learn new technologies and adjust to changing surroundings is important.
Hiring managers seek employees that are skilled at assessing situations, are able to seek multiple perspectives and gather more in-depth information.
Project Management Skills
Organization, planning and effectively implementing projects are all important skills to an employer. Many companies are choosing not to hire project managers, and are expecting all employees to possess the skills necessary to carry out projects.
You need the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, and available resources to resolve issues in any field. Solving problems will save your organization time and money.
Strong Work Ethic
Can you take initiative? Are you reliable? Can you do the job right the first time? Managers don’t have the time watch your every move, so this is a skill that is expected from all employees.
Emotional Intelligence is not a skill that will be listed in a job description. However, it is a highly sought after skill that relates to social skills, social awareness and self-management abilities.
American Center for Design
American Institute of Graphic Artists
Graphic Artists Guild
Technical Association of the Graphic Arts
Additional Sources of Information
Graphic Arts Monthly
Graphic Arts Information Network
Graphic Arts Career Guide