Who doesn’t want to ‘make it big’ in life and rise to the zenith by dint of his enviable career? Of course, there’s no shortcut to success. However, a few smart career moves can lead you to a greener pasture. For example, if you have a creative mind, and believe in teamwork and wish to pursue an ‘offbeat’ career that can offer you a secured future, then you might consider giving graphic designing a try.
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Here are the FAQs on graphic designing as a vocation:
Q#1: What does a graphic designer do?
By and large, graphic designers are employed to develop designs foe product illustrations, marketing collateral, websites that use computer software and brand identities. They are expected to combine their technical skills with their creativity, and create designs that communicate with the targeted audiences. A graphic designer might work independently, or get placed at different companies.
Q#2: Do you need to pursue any vocational course to become a graphic designer?
To become an expert graphic designer, you need to familiarize yourself with software applications like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PageMaker, Corel Draw and the like. A number of agencies offer courses, which are customized to help aspiring graphic designers to proceed in their career. However, it doesn’t take much time to complete the courses, and the course fee is generally kept minimal. After completing the course from a reputed institution, you can earn a living for yourself.
Q#3: Which company to choose?
Since there has been a mushroom growth of institutions offering web designing courses, you might wonder about the ‘right’ institution to join. Ideally, look for an institution which:
- Has been providing web designing course for long.
- Trains you to overcome any professional hazards in the long run.
- Provide in depth knowledge in the skills-in-demand
- Employs experts in the field to train the students.
- Helps in placement after the course is over.
Q#4: Will this profession suit you?
It takes more than technical expertise and a creative bend of mind to become a graphic designer. You need to acquire some soft skills as well. Such as:
- You need to be a stickler for perfection.
- You need to be diligent and ever eager to learn new things.
- You need to be open to suggestions and criticisms.
- You should be able to meet the deadline and deliver the work as and when needed.
Q#5: How to gain experience in this field?
It’s imperative to gain experience to build your confidence and hone your designing skills. This will help establish your reputation as an expert over time. To acquire experience, consider:
- Volunteer your services to any non-profit organization or a local school.
- Helping a family friend/relative by designing their wedding invitation cards.
- Designing your own greeting cards.
- Selling your creations in the local stores.
Q#6: How much salary to expect?
As a beginner, you might expect getting around 8500 INR per month. With some experience, you might be able to earn around 20,000 INR. The following factors might affect your salary, though:
- The projects you have undertaken
- Your job location
- The size of the company/design firm you work for.
- Your career responsibilities.
Some freelance works can also help you earn extra bucks.
Q#6: Where can you find institutions that offer graphic designing courses?
You might find institutions offering graphic designing courses in almost all the major cities in India. There are a number of institutions are offering graphic design courses in Kolkata. And if you live in the outskirts, then you can also avail graphic designing courses in Rishra, Serampur- they are close to many locations.
Will you like to build your career as a graphic designer? If yes, then start looking for an institution offering graphic designing courses without much ado.
Henry Carter is associated with a Web development company. He is specialised in Flash web design and database driven e-commerce. Recently he has started writing on Web development and web designing related content and likes to share his experience with his readers. Also he runs his own institute to offer graphic design courses, with an intention to provide more scope of employment.