The more I study graphic design and the more freelance jobs I take on, I start to realise that my future in graphic design is not really going to happen.
I've been teaching myself graphic design and how to use the creative suite for about 4 years now. I desperately need to take a design course, but as much as I wish, I physically don’t have the time. Having a full time job and being a parent, I barely get the chance to sit down, let alone study, and I don’t think that will change anytime soon.
I work in a factory and like most of them, they are dead end jobs with very little pay unless you want to become a zombie and work 12 hour shifts 6 days a week. And believe me, I watch people on a daily basis fall asleep at work or go hours, if not all day, without saying a word.
I applied for printing jobs as that had some relation to the creative world of design, but unfortunately there were no jobs available.
Does anyone have any ideas or advice on a new career path I could follow? Were you can learn as you go and were you don’t really need a degree? I would love it if it could somehow side line a creative world like printing or being a photographers assistant could do for example.
I love using the adobe creative suite and with so many programmes on it I was hoping that there was a job that might allow me to move out of the dead end world of factories and have a little more of a meaningful job. We would all love to be paid loads but to me it’s not about the money, it’s the idea of spending 8 to 9 hours a day at work and it not meaning anything at the end. I would like the chance to be a little proud of what I do even if the job is still not very good.