I have. I graduated nearly three years ago, all bright aspirations and hopes for an exciting career in industrial design. I had what I thought was a good portfolio, not the best in the school, but certainly in the top 10%, with a variety of projects and even an internship experience thrown in.
What a bunch of S H I T! My department head was all positivity, saying that she saw potential in my work and that I would make a good designer and that the employment outlook for ID looked good and I could expect to make 60K within a few years of graduation. Now I realize she was pitching a sales speech just like a used car salesman, to get my ass into the seat and keep me writing checks to the school.
I’ve finally realized that the only career harder to break into is probably being a dancer or a rock star, or perhaps major studio film director. If I was in a band at least I might have a chance to get laid. Instead, I have endlessly revamped my portfolio, dedicated nights and weekends to learning new programs, desperately trying to make something out of the tens of thousands of dollars I flushed down the toliet going to industrial design school, only to have employer after employer turn their nose up at my work, without so much as a response, not even a “no thanks, you suck, fuck you” Why? I have no idea. What can I do to improve? Beats me. I have met with many of my instructors, career coaches, joined professional organizations, etc. and have done EVERYTHING that they’ve suggested. Unless you are chosen at an early part of your career to get multiple internships, you can FORGET about ever working as an industrial designer in this country. I’ve made the wrong decisions, trusted the wrong people, and now all I have to show for it is being tens of thousands of dollars in debt and unable to get a job that allows me to pay my bills while living in a miserable, expensive, frozen city working a dead end job that doesn’t use even one of the skills I sacrificed my entire mid 20’s to learn. I never in my worst dreams imagined I could’ve made this big of a mistake. I have no skills that anyone will pay me for.
Industrial design ruined my life.