(Closed) ..l love to design…period.

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

I’m a professor.  It’s my dream job.  There’s so much pressure in having your dream job.  I actually have to live the dream now.  Failure doesn’t feel like it can be an option.  Not that it would be if I weren’t at my dream job.  But yeah.. I guess I’m venting too.  I feel a lot of pressure to succeed because this is my dream job.

Post # 4
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m with you. I’m an interior designer and I’m basically about to leave the profession. You’re definitely right, there’s the “school world” and then the “real world” of design. There are very few clients who let you run free with a concept, never mind a budget! I’m exhausted from clients who think they want everything new and different, when really they just want to reupholster their chairs and move a sofa one foot to the left. And commercial work leaves me banging my head against the wall most days. I don’t know what’s next, and I know it still will involve design in some way, but it might be more along the lines of wedding decor rentals or event design.

Post # 5
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@MamaHusky3: I am in architecture too! Well, I was until I got laid off a LONG while back. While I was working, I hated the ugly things we had to design because of the client. But now that I’ve been unemployed for so long, I long for even some kind of designing. I do miss creating projects all on your own at school too. It’s just SO different than working at a real firm.

I’d suggest either finding a job at a small boutique firm where projects are less about revenue and more about great design. Or, working on competitions! They give you a lot of freedom to do what you want, kinda like being in school. Teaching is a good option too if you really love seeing the endless possibilities of design. But I think you’d need a masters. That would send you back to school though and let you design. Good luck and stay positive! 🙂

Post # 6
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have a degree in graphic design. I came to the realization toward the end of college that it wasn’t my passion. I’m okay at it, and I can accomplish what needs to be done, but I don’t love it. I’m currently a marketing director at a company that manufactures something that I’m not super interested in, which is also hard, but hey it pays the bills. Ideally, I’d like to have a store downtown. It’s just a dream, and I love thinking about it. I’ve made connections, found resources and people who have their own stores similar to the one I want to start that are willing to help me out. The problem is that I don’t have the guts to do it AND I have a mortgage to pay. I will eventually make a major change in my life in that direction. Right now I just can’t afford it. I wish I had more advice for you. I kind of feel like I’m in the same place at the moment.

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