ADVICE / 37
today’s question: “how is the transition when you start to change your career paths?”
it’s a wild ride. i recently just made the jump from print to web design. i wanted to learn a new skill and grow as a designer. i think it’s important to be well rounded with many tools in your toolbox. there will be more choices and opportunities later down the road. so far there has been a learning curve, but i love a challenge. it keeps me on my toes and i love learning. designing in photoshop has been hard to get used to. i know how to make something look pretty, it’s just learning how to do that in another medium that has been frustrating.
tricks that i know in illustrator and indesign are not the same. learning the terminology and acronyms has been fun. it’s frustrating that i’m working a little slower but i know with more time and experience i’ll be back to my speed racer self. i just need to be patient. i think bri’s blogshop class would be really beneficial for me. i’m not big on blogging, but that girl has some serious photoshop and video skills to share.
so the transition has been bumpy, but if it were flat that would only be boring.
this is a really good question and such perfect timing for me. i have been making the transition from being a full-time graphic designer to more of a blogger/teacher these days. of course, graphic design will always have my heart and i will never stop loving design. but i think you get to a point in your career where certain things just fall into place or change directions when you aren’t ready for it. and that’s totally okay! i never thought 3 years ago i would be blogging everyday or teaching people how to use photoshop around the world, but it’s ended up being an amazing learning experience for me, so i have just been rolling with it. i have learned a lot about business, a lot about working with others, and a whole lot about myself. of course there are days when i feel a little lost or unable to predict my future (which for a type A personality is difficult) but i have come to terms with that and now feel excited about the possibilities. there is something very thrilling about the challenge of change and jumping into something you might not know how to do right away.
i think something that is important for me is to never lose my skill set in design. as long as i am still using the programs, designing blog posts, taking projects that excite me, and researching my industry…it’s okay to stray away a bit. life is going to take us on a wild ride and i wouldn’t want it any other way.