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November 15, 2012


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I think I chose the wrong career

taylor17387 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As of recently, I've been thinking about this a lot. And the more I think, the more I get convinced that I didn't choose right about my study career. I should have chosen something related to graphic design/illustration, or animation. Those are the things that I like most, but back then, when I had to choose what to study, I was too near-sighted to realise it.
Granted, it's difficult to find jobs related to this, but at least, I would have had the opportunity to find something someday that I was happy with. Also, what I studied in the end, a mixture of cultural studies, it's even worse to find employment, so I get the impression I haven't made a single good decission in these past years. :slamhead:

Now I feel I'm too old to start all over again (I'm 25 already), and I lack the skills and techniques I could have achieved already if I had chosen more wisely.
I don't know what to do, so I'd like to hear from some people here who have faced the same problem. Did you end up studying what you liked despite your age? How did it went, in terms of learning, finding a job, creating work teams, and so on?
Just how late is "too late"?

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MallettePagano1 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's never too late to start on something. I went to college for graphic design, but I should have gone for digital illustration because I like that more. Instead of going back to school, I just worked on my illustration skills myself. I purchased imagine fx magazines,and looked at my anatomy books, plus study photographs and draw from them. Recently, I joined my local art community and have taken life drawing classes at a gallery. Those are less expensive than college classes. So maybe try and learn yourself if you can't afford to go back? Never give up what you like to do :D
MirroredSky Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did some college but no degree out of high school, worked full time for 5 years before I finally found something I wanted to do. So, at the age of 26 I entered a 2 year program. I'm now 27 and am still not the oldest in my class :3 While most college campuses give the impression that ONLY the fresh-out-of-high-school kids are currently working on getting degrees/higher education, that is far from the truth. If you take any night courses or other less-mainstream types of education paths, you'll see the diversity of age and background. If you really want to make a change, GO for it. But do your research first so you won't regret it later (and be paying for it).

Best of luck!
ILoveBigCats Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
25 isn't too old, there's a 25 and a 27 year old in my flat at uni starting new degrees
Fuego12 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
To be honest graphic design is a extreamly hard field to make any money in, or even get a job. I would suggest switching majors.
Tuttie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student
I made the same mistake, I chose graphic design and I despise it. I was very young when I started the program, at 16. I'm 20 now, and still have another three semesters to go. The one thing I learned and it's the probably the best news for people who didn't study graphic design but want to - it's very easy to learn. you DON'T need to go to college for that, in fact I think it would me more useless than the degree you have now (no offense). It's not about knowledge or education. It's about practicing your ass off and building a strong portfolio. It's that easy. The knowledge will come as you go along. I haven't learnt anything from what my instructors did, I learned through reading a lot and practicing A LOT. Don't worry, you can do this.

You can go for a masters in business administration so you can get hired in management positions in creative agencies or something related to your studies if you are having real trouble getting hired.
taylor17387 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's true that college degrees are, in most cases, unnecessary. In fact, everything I learned through my university years I could have learned at home reading history books. However, employers tend to look at degrees a lot. I mean, if you don't have the studies they demand, no matter how good you are, your CV is going to end in the trash bin (at least in my country, they're usually quite inflexible with this).
But in any case, if I ever have an opportunity to formally study what I want, I'd prefer that option over learning by myself at home. Starting from scratch without some guidance of a teacher, or a program, or planned projects, must be very hard and time-consuming (although still better than nothing, of course).
Tuttie Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student
All I am saying is that you should not waste four years on a degree in something like graphic design, that was my personal experience. There are plenty of centres that will award you certificates for one year programs and so on. There are a ton of resources and communities out there are extremely helpful in the art and design fields.
some of the best graphic designers in my country aren't graduates of arts, but learned out of passion and really immersed themselves in that culture and educated themselves as much as possible, and it shows in their portfolio. The information is out there and readily available, it's up to you to make something out of it and show it off in your portfolio. 50% is your graphic design portfolio, the other 50 is how well you can sell yourself to potential employers.
hamstertoybox Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I made the same mistake. I studied biology at university but should have done something creative. About a year after graduating, I signed up for a part time art foundation and worked at the same time. After that I enrolled on a part time HND in multimedia design, which I'm now in the final year of. I've just started looking for a job for when I finish.

iI'd recommend seeing what part time courses are going on in your area. The good thing about design and illustration is that you will be judged on your portfolio not where you studied. But go for it! It is less impossible than it first appears to be. In the UK you can get career enhancement loans to help with course fees - There may be something similar i Spain.
Officialpoypoy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
ey man dont beat yourself up.
im not old enuff yet to understand but i do know that its best to do the things you want to do rather than not doing it at all.

trust yourself and believe in yourself so hard then do the things you want to do and no matter what you can at least say you tried and you lived and trusted urself than sucking up all that negative energy and regret.
Blue-like-the-Sky Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Pretty much in the same boat here, except I haven't finished my bachelor. Neither am I planing too. I'll be trying to get into design with a focus on illustration next year. I am lucky insofar as university doesn't cost very much where I am from. Still my father is probably going to kill me when I tell him, but at least I'll die happy :P
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