Based on my experience, I have developed a few questions that you should ask yourself if you want to pursue a career in graphic design. If you answer them honestly, you can find out whether you have what it takes to succeed.
Are you able to learn & apply?
If you think there is a point in a graphic design career where you’re done with learning, nothing could be further from the truth. This industry is constantly evolving, meaning you can learn new stuff every day. There are new technologies and trends emerging, and even customer behavior is changing as we speak. Flexibly adapting to these changes is what makes a true professional.
Even the most successful designers in the world are still looking for ways to improve their skills. Are you willing to do the same? Are you willing to sacrifice a lot of your free time taking learning courses and reading books? If yes, then you have much better chances at succeeding.
Can you recognize good design?
Does this question sound weird to you? Let me explain. There are natural talents that people are born with. Having an eye for design is one of those, even though it can be improved with practice. Are you naturally able to tell when some design just works? Have you always gravitated towards art and colors? Having natural talent is an enormous advantage that you can make use of in your career.
If you’re hesitant, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t become an expert in the field. It just means that the process might be more difficult for you.
Are you willing to do boring work?
As I’ve said, a lot of people think that a graphic design career is a dream job. You play with colors, shapes and design interfaces that the users love…. right? Well, it’s a whole different story in reality. There is not a single job in the world that is just about fun. In fact, there are many boring activities that you will have to do on a regular basis.
And the truth is, not every project that you will work on will be exciting for you. There are going to be many of those that you just can’t seem to push yourself to complete. The problem is, in order not to destroy your reputation, you will have to deliver the same quality as with those that you find exciting.