If anyone can provide insight to my question I would greatly appreciate it! Here is a bit of background: I have a BA in Art/Design and Business Management and an AAS in Engineering, Drafting and Design (CAD Drafting, Product Design, Etc.).
I would like to be an Industrial Designer. I have all the skills needed for most of the ID jobs I look at. I'm just wondering if I'm going to be completely written off if I don't have a degree in ID or product design. I might need to brush up a bit on my sketching skills, but I do have a lot of experience in CAD software (Solidworks, CREO, Inventor), product design, designing for manufacturing. and mechanical design. I also have taken classes in machining, tool design, casting, 3D sculpture, Design Theory, Color Theory, hand drafting, and art history (to name a few). I know I don't have the technical degree but I do have all the skills. I'm a very creative person and I have a talent for problem solving, and I'm great at coming up with new ideas.
With that, I currently work as a Design Engineer and find myself feeling unfulfilled. I know I'm capable of doing more and I would love nothing more than to find a job that utilizes my talents and creative abilities. I'm truly a versatile person and can relate to many different types of people based off of my experience in different fields. I also can think both highly creatively and analytically because of the different types of education I have. I believe that is very useful in the workforce.
I'm currently working on a portfolio that showcases all of my product design work I have done, and I'm working on getting better at sketching. Also, going back to school is out of the question for now. I have already been in college for 7 years and can't add anymore student loans at the time.
If anyone has any advice as to how I can combine, my skills, talents and education together to get an ID job I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks so much!