Graphic Designer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Graphic Designer?

Graphic Designer in Indianapolis:
"Learn more than just graphic design."
To be a real asset to a company and not just a photoshop monkey, obtain a certification or minor in Business or Marketing. This will help qualify you for more senior level jobs that would other wise be closed off to you because you just got an art degree. 9 times out of 10 the designer is the smartest person in the room, but are often overlooked because of there job qualifications. Many think that graphic designers should also start learning web development and coding. I think it is helpful to have a basic understanding of HTML5 and CSS, and certainly be able to use a content management system. Basic Web Design.... But beyond that you are venturing into a more advanced field of coding that now must be concerned with data bases, security, web development. Let the experts in those fields handle that.

Graphic Designer in Riverside:
"Portfolio is key."
Have a degree and great portfolio.

Graphic Designer in Atlanta:
"Always keep your portfolio up to date."
Learn new software, network and keep your portfolio up to date.

Graphic Designer in Santa Barbara:
"Do the work."
Design is work. Graphic design and the creative, applied arts can look simple and easy—glamorous, all fun and games—but it requires discipline and study like any other line of work. Embrace failure, keep at it, keep learning and keep doing.

Graphic Designer in Dallas:
"Skill development in certain areas of design I.e. Speed."
Pros: Working with a clients who need assistance with brand awareness for their project with FASTSIGNS, Inc.
Cons: My current position is under pay, yet I am a young inexperience designer.

Graphic Designer in Chicago:
Pros: Work flexibility, stress level,
Cons: Salary is too low, long commute.

Graphic Designer in Birmingham:
"Flexibility, Creative Control."
Pros: As the sole graphic designer, I often am developing ideas, logos, and layouts from scratch, and I enjoy having creative control over projects, as well as setting the standards moving forward. I also have a flex schedule so I can work when I'm most productive and creative.
Cons: Working in a vacuum can be difficult, and I don't have other creatives around to challenge, inspire, and teach me new things. Conversely, I don't have anyone to challenge, inspire, or teach.