Graphic Designer Advice

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

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.

Graphic Designer in Boca Raton:
"Practice makes perfect."
Work hard, pay attention to detail and be consistent. Keep learning new programs and practice makes perfect.

Graphic Designer in Chicago:
"Graphic Designer/ Illustrator."
Pros: In the right atmosphere/ with the right people work is: fun and rewarding, You are always growing, always gaining more knowledge.
Cons: It can be very hard to find a good employer or really any work at all. Design and Illustration is very subjective. It is the first thing that gets cut from a company. Many people don't understand design and illustration -- your friends and family will have many misconceptions about what you do. Many times a marketing department is not treated fairly and you are over worked, under paid.