I just started a Cert IV in Design and I'm really not too into it. It's okay, but I hate being on the computer so much and I don't really have a ton of interest in learning the Adobe suite and everything. So I was wondering, is there any area of design where I wouldn't be on the computer so much learning and working with various software? Is UX design much the same, only involving more coding/scripting/psychology/research?
How long have you been studying? Why did you choose to study design? Why aren't you liking it? If you aren't liking it now, why do you want to do something in design then? I'd say you'd be on the computer more in UX design then graphic design, I occasionally get off the computer to draw, put together projects, take photos etc. What are you interested in personally? Do you draw? Paint? Photos? Are you interested in anything creatively at all?
First thing to take onboard: You don't need to complete your studies if you REALLY don't want to be working in that area.
Second: You also don't have to study right now just because "you're supposed to", if you're not sure of what you want to do.
I made the mistake of going to Uni twice after leaving highschool (once immediately after, second time a couple years later) while at the time really having no idea of what I really wanted to do. I eventually went backpacking for a few years where I quite literally did "find myself" and worked out what I wanted to do (though 15 years later am now ready for another career change - also perfectly fine).
Don't be afraid of doing something short-ish term if you are not sure what it is you want to do longer term, whether that be backpacking overseas, or getting a job in a pub/bar, or whatever. You have a LOT of working years ahead of you, don't be in a rush to get into the working mode you might stick with for 20 years or more.
1 month in my design course. I studied for a year back in the States, studying two different majors until I chose to come here.
Why did you choose to study design?
I was in a Conservation and Land Management course at TAFE and needed to switch to something else by mid-March to get a refund and this is what I chose from what was available. I also considered interactive digital media, carpentry, and sound production.
Why aren't you liking it?
Maybe my teachers here at Martin College? They don't teach me much and I'm forced to learn lots of things on my own (not the best at). I also hate having my eyes glued to a computer all day.
If you aren't liking it now, why do you want to do something in design then?
I am hoping it's one of those things that gets more interesting the more you go into it. There's tons of different varieties of design and maybe I'll like one. I have always been interested in this kind of stuff:
So maybe I can go do something like that eventually? I don't know.
What are you interested in personally?
Nature, bushwalking, travel, psychology/philosophy, music (listening)
Do you draw?
Are you interested in anything creatively at all?
Music? The thing is, I don't know if I REALLY want to work in design. I won't know until start working, right? I've tried and been interested in lots of things but I don't know what I want to do for a career. I'm 2.5 years out of high school having studied for a year in college which is now useless (cost me $6000) and took out $15,000 to come here (half for the course, half for living) and I'm paying $300/mo on the loan right now so I don't have a lot of time to decide what I want to do. It's a really bad situation.
Well from what I can tell you don't seem overly interested in design related things so I'm not sure what to say but if I was you, I'd look at all the things you are interested in and work towards something that lets you do that. I was interested and liked design before I started working in it.
You listed you like these things:
Nature, bushwalking, travel, psychology/philosophy, music (listening)
Some work opportunities I can think of that don't involve looking at a screen.
– working live music venue or bar
– working outdoors in nature – agriculture, building
– travel – why not travel for a while and work at hostels, music venues and bars etc
as @dave was saying, I don't think you have to jump into anything yet, enjoy life, don't force yourself to do anything if you don't feel it
::travel – why not travel for a while and work at hostels, music venues and bars etc::
From your list of interests this is probably the best advice you're going to get. Especially after this comment of yours: "I don't know if I REALLY want to work in design. I won't know until start working, right?"
I would argue that for most areas within the design industry, if you don't have a previous and ongoing personal interest in design related areas then it really isn't something you're going to enjoy as a career.
Might upset your parents, but in the end they should understand that not everybody finds their "thing" right away. And nothing wrong with that.
(and if you need advice on travelling and working around the world, then I would be the person to approach for that kind of advice...) ;o)
Its a conundrum, working out what to do with the life you have, isn't it?
Listen to that voice inside you that says you don't want to be on a computer all the time. There are precious few jobs that don't involve technology at some point, but it doesn't sound like graphic design is enough of a passion to entice you to screen watch too long for this particular discipline.
Watching that rain video, how does it make you feel? More importantly, what does it make you want to do? That's your key - starting sussing out what you'd like to make in response to this video. Whatever you make won't be anything like what you imagined, but you'll learn lots and be able to use that info for the NEXT thing you make in response to it. You might feel scared, you might feel uninspired, you're likely to feel stupid and unskilled. Keep making things that are meaningful to you anyway. I find Austin Kleon's books really helpful, you might too: http://austinkleon.com/
The key to finding your answer is to work your way towards it, but you're not on your own. Find out who made that rain piece - find out their email address and write to them. If you're in their area, see if they'll meet you for coffee. Thank them for their work and pick their brains on how they got to where they are (you won't follow the same path, but it might give you some ideas). Ask them if they have any tips for you and if you end up trying some of them, let that person know the results. Share your work with them.
If you're close to Melbourne, check out Flame Effects Australia, you might something of interest there: https://www.facebook.com/flameeffectsaustralia. Given you may not be able to stay in Aus if you're not studying, I'd strongly recommend looking into Burning Man festival - there's lots of potential installation-style project makers there too could you connect with and learn from. Perhaps check out maker labs in your area too? They're popping up all over the place and are full of ideas, projects, resources and skills you could benefit from: http://footscraymakerlab.com/