What is someone supposed to call themselves when they’re still in college in terms of career?
I’m going to school for a journalism degree. But I’ve attended school prior for years studying graphic design and photography.
I transferred out before I got the degrees but the classes were very accelerated so I learned a lot. And it was almost natural to learn those arts so I didn’t struggle with it.
So my question is, can I call myself a graphic designer?
I’ve designed logos, flyers, posters, book covers etc. all through school and on my own time. I’ve gotten paid for some of my work. At my art school I got hired BECAUSE I was in the graphic design major and they asked me to make posters that would be put up around the school.
Graphic design is something I see myself doing for the rest of my life as a career and for personal things. It’s a passion.
What about journalism? I’m studying it and I have a few articles I’ve written for my school’s newspaper. I’m not the best writer but I’ve done it. Can I say I’m a journalist?
22 years old on paper seems like it’s such a young age to start focusing on having a career. Like at that age is when you’re supposed to be working towards it.
But I’ve been is school for a while now and I’m bored of it. I want a job in the field I’m interested in. I know the stuff but I don’t have a degree.
Is it cheating to tell employers I’m a designer or a journalist even thought I don’t have a degree?
On my business card, for example, can I put graphic designer and not have my credibility questioned just because I don’t have a degree?
I guess they won’t really know I don’t have a degree. I think having a portfolio, specially an online one, will be the equivalent of having a degree in terms of proof to other people about my adequacy.
This blog’s purpose, from now on, will be to showcase my work. It will be my online portfolio where I can refer people to see my work.
It’s a good thing I put it on my business card. Which I will be printed out soon enough.