I officially started my career as a visual designer about 5 years ago when I graduated from college. I was full of ideas and ambitions and had this picture of myself working for a well-known design agency that has minimalist decor office environment. And, I was part of a huge project of the world’s top 500. To achieve my dreams, I went to the Bay area. Fortunately, I was able to get some intern interview opportunities for design agencies. I have had a great conversation with every interviewer. Different from what I expected, I didn’t get any of the jobs. My wallet couldn’t wait for me to find a job, I decided to go back to Los Angeles in the end.
After returning to LA, I quickly found a job as a graphic designer for an outdoor heater manufacturer. Even if the boss himself yelled at me every day, I still want to provide the best design work possible.
Although, I didn’t work there for a long time. I’ve met great people and learned a lot from them. I thought I’ll take the experience and continue the path as a graphic designer. Unexpectedly, It was a new challenge when I found my next job. The employer was a small investment firm that was looking for a graphic designer with web development skills. Honestly, I only knew how to write basic HTML and CSS. Luckily, they didn’t expect me to be a pro and was willing to train me along the way. I must say that this job is of great help to improve my development skills. Because I was the only designer who was responsible for designing and development the websites.
I enjoyed the 2 years working for that company. My colleague, Adam, who is an excellent programmer and back-end developer, was one of the teachers I met in life. We were researching how to make our product better with the latest languages and design trends every day. Because of him, I have learned things in the world of programming. All good things come to an end. I met my ex-girlfriend and felt the need of making more money to support not only my monthly saving goal but also MORE things to do for weekends. And then, a recruiter from Newegg.com reached out to me and offered me the job as a Web Designer.
The interview was short and quick. Shortly after, I started to adapt to corporate culture. It’s different, I put it. When I first met with the team members, almost 20 people sat in the conference room, discussing the marketing strategies for Q2, and I almost vomited. I was nervous and felt great pressure as I was trying to find my position in the company. Eventually, I knew what I need to do. I started to sharpen my visual design skills. Also, I’ve used my development skills to help improve landing pages for campaigns. I am very grateful to every designer I met here. I have learned a lot from them. I believe these skills can help me succeed in the next phase.
What is my next phase? I’m thinking about getting into UI/UX design like other designers are thinking about the same thing. The most important reason is that the salary is extremely high compared to visual designers and graphic designers. Every designer is trying to get into the field and believe that they are qualified for this job. I don’t think so. Even my arrogance hopes that I will think twice before I act. In the past year, I have carefully reviewed the requirements, and things I need to learn before I start to apply for the jobs. I realized that there was something I have already learned in college will help me working as a UI/UX designer. Let me tell you about my college life.