FIVE REA­SONS TO TRAIN AS A DE­SIGNER

Whether you’re still study­ing or keen to change ca­reer, Shilling­ton re­veals why de­sign is a great choice

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P lan­ning your next ca­reer move? If you’ve al­ways dreamed of be­com­ing a graphic de­signer, make 2017 the year you take the plunge.

Your age, ex­ist­ing skills and ex­pe­ri­ence don’t mat­ter. At Shilling­ton, we help peo­ple be­gin or en­hance their creative ca­reers in three months full-time or nine months part-time at six cam­puses world­wide.

Read our top five rea­sons to take the leap and be­come a graphic de­signer in 2017:

1. Learn­ing will be a daily thing

As a graphic de­signer, your work never stops evolv­ing or im­prov­ing. There are al­ways new chal­lenges to over­come and new prob­lems to solve. It’s a whirl­wind of dis­cov­ery and in­ven­tion. You’ll make mis­takes, we all do, but take in­spi­ra­tion from Pen­ta­gram’s Paula Scher: “It’s through mis­takes that you ac­tu­ally can grow. You have to get bad in or­der to get good.”

2. You will al­ways be in de­mand

In the age of au­toma­tion, we’re con­stantly told that our jobs will one day be taken over by ro­bots. But rest as­sured that graphic de­sign will al­ways re­quire hu­man think­ing and cre­ativ­ity. It’s an es­sen­tial cog, re­quired by any brand or busi­ness.

3. It opens up many ca­reer paths

If an agency isn’t for you, per­haps you want to ven­ture into ed­i­to­rial de­sign and work for a ma­jor pub­lisher, or join an in­ter­nal team at one of the world’s big­gest sports brands?

4. Boost your prob­lem-solv­ing skills

Steve Jobs once said: “Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology mar­ried with lib­eral arts, with hu­man­i­ties, that yields the re­sults that make our hearts sing.”

De­sign en­hances your prob­lem-solv­ing skills, not just be­cause you over­come is­sues for clients, but be­cause you’re en­cour­aged to con­sider the big­ger pic­ture. How will it add value, and achieve a brand’s goals? De­sign boosts more skills than you may re­alise.

5. You’ll never stop be­ing in­spired

Prone to bore­dom? Eas­ily dis­tracted? De­sign al­ways leaves you in­spired. Trends de­velop and change, keep­ing you on your toes, and you’ll never know what’s around the cor­ner.

Kick-start your de­sign ca­reer to­day!

Study three months full-time or nine months part-time at one of Shilling­ton’s cam­puses in London, Manch­ester, New York, Syd­ney, Mel­bourne or Bris­bane. Find out more at shilling­tone­d­u­ca­tion.com.

From top to bot­tom: In­spir­ing work by Shilling­ton grad­u­ates Alexan­der Wu Kim, Tif­fanie Ros­set, Jenny Craw­ford and Katie Lodge.

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