I was always wondering how to break into the world of design consultancy or be an in-house designer for a mid-level to major consumer goods brand. So to enter these jobs, is it just a massive talent contest, where portfolios and experience from applicants are reviewed and then the company chooses potential candidates based on their preference? Is there more to it than this?
I was educated in product design engineering. In this career, it is possible to “climb the career ladder” by doing professional development courses, passing professional engineering exams while completing a work placement and in the end, getting a chartered engineering status. This process may take over 4 years, depending on how quickly I will progress through different stages. It is an absolutely objective way to get a high-level engineering position in any company, and it is all in my control - I get out what I put in.
In the world of ID, though, I fear that even if I produce an absolutely amazing portfolio, there will always be somebody better than me and there’s no way to predict whether I will get a job in that area. I just feel that it’s a more risky career. Do you people think that this is true or is there actually a more structured way to get an ID position? I always thought that ID is a highly subjective field, where your career depends entirely on your interviewer’s personal preference. A lot like getting a record deal as a musician.
I’d like to get opinions on this matter, and I would greatly appreciate your input. Thanks!