Highly self-aware of every talent we lack, we take our trained insecurity with us after graduation and continue to judge ourselves against the strengths of our coworkers and international design heroes. This leads to discouragement and sometimes questioning whether there is a future for us at all in this crazy industry.
One of the best ways to combat this, is to stop focusing on your weaknesses and start focusing on your strengths. Of course, you should be working on your weaknesses and improving every day, however, when you find yourself in a pattern of negative self-talk and comparison, start looking at what you are really good. Where have you improved? What do you do well? What do you do better than your design hero? Focus on your strengths and flip the coin on discouragement.
Recently, I engaged in a message board debate about the need to earn a Masters Degree as a graphic designer. Valid arguments were voiced on both sides of the coin. The message board debate was started by a recently graduated Bachelors Degree design student who wondered if she should continue her education and secure a Masters Degree.
I preface this article by saying “no education is wasted.” In fact, your level of education will have a direct impact your success as a graphic designer (or any career field). However, the word “education” in 2013 does not mean the same thing that it meant in 1983. In today’s world, “education” is not necessarily measured by how many tassels someone has hanging from their flat, black hat. Continue Reading