So, its 2018 and I can officially say that I failed to get a graduate job in 2017. Despite graduating with a first class honours and being told on countless occasions that I would be handed a job on a plate, it just hasn’t been the case. To be fair, I have made it difficult for myself…
See my degree is in graphic design and although I still count myself as a “passionate graphic designer” over the final few months of my degree it was obvious that I was beginning some sordid affair… with illustration (dun dun DUN). Although the two disciplines go hand in hand it was clear that my work was furthering away from traditional (and expected) graphic design to one with a much more illustrative style (or as others said – “very Jenny”)
It took many unsuccessful interviews with some very nice designers to tell me in the nicest of ways that, maybe, I wasn’t meant to be a graphic designer; and that I should just try and be a freelance illustrator. After this was said more than once (three times in fact) I finally sat back and thought “Maybe they are right”. A pretty scary thought to have, especially giving the current financial situations.
But here I am 6 months after graduating, with a degree, still looking for that big break to start getting somewhere, anywhere actually. But this year I am determined to make it happen and to create work that is truly representative of me, no longer hiding behind designs that I think I should be creating.
So, this is essentially what this blog is, a place for me to document me trying to “survive as a designer”, trying being the key word. I will use this space (as well as my Instagram - @jennytaylor_graphicdesign) to showcase projects that I’m working on and update my life as an unemployed wannabe illustrator. I’m sure there are other people out there exactly like me so if you read this blog then we can go on this journey together (cheesy I know).