Posted 15.08.2014 @ 9.30PM
I've worked at companies that have been recruiting creatives and the response to a job ad can be like opening the flood gates.
In my experience a good, clear and to the point CV is a must. Be creative as a hook but at all times make it clear as these things get skim read and not always by the person that is hiring.
A good solid portfolio is the next thing. If you don't have a web-site then get a Behance profile as it's free and easy to use and you can give a direct link to the employer.
Make it EASY for them.
You'd be amazed at the poor quality of work that gets sent in so standing out that bit is key.
I've seen people send in CV's with degrees and BA's only to see work that my 11 year old could surpass.
Another big thing on applications is grammar and spelling (not my strong point).
I've often heard a director coming out of their office to rant about it.
Be determined and keep at it.
Posted 12.08.2014 @ 8.06PM
::Wow what a fun project Scotty, looks wicked too.::
It was mate!
Having the run of a football stadium was fun and we could plug our tunes directly into the stadiums PA to groove through the night.
Posted 08.08.2014 @ 1.10AM
I don't think they're worthless but I don't think (UK fees) that they're worth the cost.
I also think that peoples personal experience in the matter is pretty relevant here as there is a mixture of educational backgrounds behind each one of us and we all have thoughts and experience of how we feel it has affected us.
I know of a lot of people that have gone on to do degrees only to not get into the industry and alternatively self taught and college educated that have gone on to do great things.
I tend to regard design as something that comes more from the kind of person you are rather than how your educated.
I spent 3 years at college where I did learn a lot but I do consider myself self taught.
Posted 20.05.2014 @ 8.46PM
It is hard for new designers at the moment. Uni's and private schools are pumping out students, and the accessible nature of design software means anyone can be a 'designer'. But like @Scotty says a lot of people give up, and only the determined and persistent prevail.
He needs to read books, blogs and tutorials.
Don't just rely on advertised jobs. Get some face time with a studio by contacting them directly. He may not have experience in design but if he's a bit older than a normal grad then hopefully he can make up a bit of nous with life experience.
Get him to get involved here, post up some of his work and ask for advice/comments/thoughts on his folio.
Posted 01.05.2014 @ 11.45PM (Edited 02.05.2014 @ 12.35AM)
also ha ha @SCOTTY yeh the hairdressers are still on the in demand skills list, nothing against those who keep our barnets looking good but does australia really need more hairdressers over medical prefessionals....