Lots of you have asked about working in a creative field. I really can’t imagine having any other job, and I’m definitely happy to pass along a few tips, because I had some great mentors and help during my younger days.
So whether you’re a student fresh into college or an adult just looking for a career change, here’s my advice for the creative industry.
First, you don’t necessarily have to go to a 4-year college if you want to start a new career in a creative field. If you’re stuck on what exactly you want to focus on, try paging through sites like Pinterest. It’s a visual dictionary of really cool and fun ideas.
Here’s an example: let’s say you’re drawn to pictures of furniture more than anything else, then you might consider becoming an interior designer, furniture designer, or even working as a sales associate at a cool store in your town. If you’re more inclined to patterns, prints, and materials, you might consider fabric design, clothing, or custom décor.
Adult Continuing Education Classes are also a great way to learn about a new career without totally committing to it (sometimes the hardest part!). Nearly every city offers them and they aren’t as expensive as you might think. Plus taking classes is also a great way to meet new people who have the same interests as you. If you like taking pictures, maybe try a photography class and see if you really like it. If you do and can picture yourself happy with a photography career, continue to the next step. When you don’t, reconsider your passions and try something different.
Finally, getting the word out is seriously helpful when you’re career searching. Even a casual conversation with friends can lead to something bigger. Tell people what you’re interested in and keep the feelers out. They usually catch something. Chances are, someone you know knows someone who works in the area you’re looking to get into. No joke. Networking really does work. Maybe try joining LinkedIn – also a great free way to network and meet people!
If you have creative career advice to share, leave it in the comments!