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Focus in on being amazing at what you love.
tbaker wrote:You have the best five years of your life ahead of you and you're worried about job prospects... +1 to what yo said.Focus in on being amazing at what you love.
Like the college years are more fun than the job years?
Focus in on being amazing at what you love. Keep watch on your peers (globally). You will learn the most from them, and they are your competition, so always have a sense of how you stack up.
yo wrote:I'll say this, a lot of the students who post and contribute work on here seem to get better faster. Not sure if that is the type of people who are attracted to this corner of the internet, or if the feedback, encouragement, and accountability help, or just seeing the level of other designers and students all of the time. 2 of the 3 designers I've hired in the last 12 months have been pretty regular posters here.
Prospects are best for job applicants with a strong background in computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided industrial design (CAID).
ExpandableMind wrote:yo wrote:...My portfolio wasn't good enough so they put me in a design foundation to do before the industrial design program so that's 5 years I`ll be in design college. In those years I`ll build my self up to have what it takes to do well out there.
But as yo points out, there is more to getting a job than merely obtaining a degree in a chosen field; it isn't just in your technical abilities. Your social skills will mature as you progress through college (and I am in no way referring to anything you can pick up of Facebook). "Fun" is of course a relative term. If you enjoy learning new things, interacting with people with similar interests, and problem solving then that's fun...
maj029 wrote:ExpandableMind wrote:yo wrote:...My portfolio wasn't good enough so they put me in a design foundation to do before the industrial design program so that's 5 years I`ll be in design college. In those years I`ll build my self up to have what it takes to do well out there.
I too had to take a foundation course for the same reasons, and if anything it was an extra bonus. It allowed me to discover other forms of art through the various modules which I'd never previously studied in high school, which in turn opens your mind and makes you more creative. The set up with tutors and project / module work also prepares you for the system and set up similiar to what it will be like once you embark upon your degree. So if anything, you are getting a head start against all the other students when you enter into 1st year. And in the grand scheme of things, it's only one more year...Uni is great. Make sure to apply yourself at each stage but also remember to have fun. After 5 years you'll be well set to conquer the job market...