Question by polargirl: Can you get graphic design jobs without a degree?
I’m currently in school for an AA degree but I also qualify for a Certificate in “Basic Graphic Design” (which is just Photoshop, Illustrator, inDesign, Ethics & Legalities, Cross-Platform File Managment)
I know you cant do much with an AA, but do employers not really consider a certificate? I never even knew I qualified for one until recently… I was wondering if I should start looking for my first graphic design job with that or just wait until my degree?
Answer by Matty B
Well, there’s kind of a catch 22 on that. Most employers don’t hire you based on your degree, they hire you based on your portfolio. Having said that, when you submit a resume, they wont usually bother to look at your portfolio unless you have a degree. They mindset being that if you don’t have a degree, you probably can’t be that good.
You absolutely can get a job without a degree. Even 15 year old kids can find someone who prefers paying an amateur $ 25 for a crappy logo rather than investing in a professional. One thing you should also consider is that if you do get hired as a designer without a degree, your starting salary will be considerably less than if you had one. While getting hired is mostly about your portfolio, salary upon hire is performance based and is determined largely by your education level and years experience in the field.
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