Many of us have daydreamed of a more creative career. In fact, the events of 2020 have made a whopping 89% of us daydream about a new career full stop – even if we’re happy in our current roles – according to research conducted by findcourses.co.uk.
If you’re amongst that almost nine-out-of-ten, then now might well be the time to make fruit of those creative daydreams.
Despite the current challenges in economies and job markets the world over, a creative job in the design industry is as good a choice as ever. Here’s why – and how you can crack it.
Making Things Attractive During Economic Difficulties
At the moment, at least in the UK, consumer confidence is pretty low. Given the pandemic, this isn’t a great surprise. The lack of consumer confidence is driving companies to market their products more attractively and aggressively than they have in a very long time – if ever before.
In order to do this successfully, companies need creative talent with innovative ideas and approaches. This means that, despite the best efforts of the pandemic, the design industry is, as things stand, fairly sturdy.
But how do you turn a natural creativity eye into a new career?
Reskilling and Education
Unless you already have specific qualifications in graphic design or something of the like, you’ll probably need to return to education. Even if you already have a related qualification, it still never hurts to brush up on your skills.
You can enhance your CV if you develop yourself in alternative fields where you can apply your design skills. One of the more in demand areas is the digital market, complementing your skillset with web development training could open the possibility of a web design career to you, as well as many other types of jobs.
Handily, the UK government has pledged to fund courses for everyone and anyone who doesn’t have a university-level education. In short, if you are naturally creative, but don’t have a degree or Level 5 or above qualification, the government will help you get back into education.
Going into the creative industries also has another advantage. If you don’t want to take a break from working – or you simply can’t afford to – then the option of apprenticeships exists.
Changing Careers on the Job
This is the beauty of apprenticeships: you can change careers and get paid from day one! Even current restrictions mean that many of them have to be undertaken remotely, this doesn’t diminish the opportunity for learning while earning.
When it comes to funding, the good news continues here. The UK government has also pledged to create a pot designed to help as many companies as possible take on new apprentices and trainees. People trying to find apprenticeships are often those who are university-educated, are looking for a new career or for a graduate role or are people who simply want to be trained from the ground up.
Apprenticeships also have a further advantage in that they can lead to a job. By working at a company for several weeks – or even months – the powers that be at that company get to see exactly what you’re made of, how you operate and what you can contribute. As you’ll also have been trained to meet their company’s wants and needs, this will add to the possibility of permanent employment.
The Main Points
The current situation has left a lot of people considering changing careers. If you’re among the number who are doing just that, then the creative industries are a more attractive option than ever before: specifically, the design industry. The industry is fairly sturdy and can provide healthy job security.
But, to get there, you might need to reskill. Fortunately, there are some options open to you. The UK government has pledged to fund a reskilling course for those without a university-level education. If you don’t want to, or are unable to, leave the world of work to reskill, then you can always look for an apprenticeship. Also government-funded in many cases, apprenticeships let you learn while you earn – and can even pave the way for a job offer once they come to an end.
2020 has certainly thrown more than its fair share of curveballs. Now is the time to catch a couple of those – and take the career-changing plunge.
Luke Sandford is a writer and content producer at Educations Media Group. Currently based in Lund, he is originally from the UK and graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2018 with a BA in Education. He has since written for several outlets and has worked as an English teacher, both at home and abroad. Luke’s passion for travelling and experiencing new cultures directly impacts his work as he seeks to create engaging, informative and useful content for a wide audience.