Passion - this has always been a key ingredient to being a designer. In fact, passion is probably what sparks many budding designers to embark on a career in design.
Unfortunately, the truth is this – oftentimes, passion is not enough to sustain a designer’s pocket and stomach. Sure, it keeps them going, but the lesser-known fact is the reality that various drawbacks exist. A design career prospect inevitably has a glass ceiling; it is rather challenging to attain financial success. And these pitfalls are real.Pitfall 1: Low Barrier of Entry
Of course, to embark on a design career, you have to love your job. But the process is often tedious and laborious, which many might not be ready for. Though this sounds almost absurd, it is the fact of life. Resultantly, many end up leaving their agencies to begin freelancing or even set up their own agency once they reach a certain age. This is perhaps the future of many ‘older’ designers.
Despite the love for designing, designers need to realise that the design industry is ultimately a business. Hence, they need to be taught how to survive beyond dependence on their talent. While experience in creative and project management will come in handy, lack of business management knowledge will eventually lead to business failures. Hence, designers should be taught business management knowledge as part of their education to enhance their design-consulting role and to build a sustainable career model for themselves in the future. They also need to constantly push themselves to take on heavy weight roles such as business and marketing management rather than mere creative thinking. This will better prepare them to overcome their individual’s career crisis looming ahead.
Conclusively, the key to surviving in the industry is to educate designers beyond the basis of design thinking. Hence, First Media Design School advocates the teaching of design management which includes personal development and career planning, design and studio management, and business and marketing management to equip its students well to face with this eventual career fallout.
After all, in the design industry, there is no room to be short-sighted.
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