How to Get Hired as a Graphic Designer in the UK

How to Get Hired as a Graphic Designer in the UK

During the Pandemic, 2020 was unquestionably a year for the history books. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has overwhelmed the world—and our lives. As we try to manage these extraordinarily turbulent days, Blue Sky Graphics graduates all over the world are doing excellent work for their portfolios. When “Stay Home” directives were issued in our campus nations, many of these students moved to online learning with us. Furthermore, there is a silver lining: our incredibly young alumni are already seeking work in the design industry.
The pandemic showed us that learning from home and working from home doesn’t dent your savings instead it’s more efficient, economical and comfortable. So, join us for online graphic design course at Blue Sky Graphics.

The Work Search

Fortunately, since the vast majority of career searches are already conducted electronically, the real method of applying for a job hasn’t changed significantly. Don’t hesitate to look at Blue Sky Graphics’ Jobs Board for opportunities all around the globe.
The number of available positions is what has shifted in the Work Hunt. We can’t guarantee that a global pandemic hasn’t had an effect on the number of positions available, but these graduates show that there are always opportunities for you to apply for.

How to Get Hired as a Graphic Designer in the UK
How to Get Hired as a Graphic Designer in the UK

Graphic artists from a variety of backgrounds

First and foremost, this is the kind of dynamic group we want to see through an increasing number of freelancing verticals. For several years, freelancers were thought to be less capable than full-time workers, but those days are rapidly passing. The lure of a larger community is one valuable indicator of new job “legitimacy.” According to 99Designs, one-third of independent designers currently classify as members of a marginalised group dependent on race, gender, sexual identity, or emotional or physical disability. Though 27% of respondents have been in the graphic design industry for more than a decade, 12% are fresh this year. More than half is under the age of 30. In this poll, 70% of respondents classified as male and 28% as female, which is quite shocking considering that women constitute a global majority in the graphic design profession.

Freelancers are upbeat regarding the future.

Despite the pandemic’s major emotional and economic toll, almost two-thirds (63%) of participating independent graphic designers remain hopeful regarding the prospect of freelancing in the design industry. This is important, but it also reflects reality: business observers anticipate less full-time salaried jobs and more freelancing and open competitions over time.

There is a greater appetite for freelancers.

The change away from full-time salaried positions is, in turn, increasing demand for freelancers, particularly when coupled with the effect of Covid 19. More than half (53%) of respondents work as full-time freelancers; the rest work as a side gig with a full-time career or as a full-time worker. According to the survey, the transition from salaried to freelancer was unwanted for several. However, there is a bright lining: 60 percent of respondents work more than 30 hours per week as a freelancer, which is remarkable.

Before the pandemic, freelancers operated from home.

Many people are still performing as good as even better financially than they were last year. Half of independent designers hope to gain the same or better in 2020 that they did in 2019; a quarter (24%) plan to dramatically raise their profits this year compared to last. However, more than a third of survey participants (36%) have had difficulty seeking stable jobs, 27 percent have had budget decreases in their client work, and a quarter (26%) have had at least one project cancelled or postponed.

Act at home

Clients’ willingness to accept remote consulting work has expanded the versatility and potential for freelance graphic designers. More than three-quarters (77%) of designers believe that client organisations are more receptive to recruiting remote expertise, which is consistent with other research I’ve published. As a result, lifestyle options for freelancers have arisen. More than two-fifths (41%) of independent designers said they would suggest shifting to a smaller town or metropolitan area if clients were able to accept remote job agreements indefinitely. As I’ve written in previous Forbes blogs, this is excellent news for freelancers as well as legacy cities and rural areas, as it allows for a wider and more dynamic talent pool.

Despite the pandemic, several freelancers showed fair job satisfaction. Two-thirds (67%) categorised themselves as pleased or quite satisfied.

The pandemic, on the other hand, has taken its toll. While two-thirds of respondents were pleased with their results and prospects in 2020, this is a decrease from the 78 percent who were satisfied in 2019. Not to mention that 31% were disappointed or somewhat unhappy with their employment, and 33% said they worked even longer hours.

Let us keep in mind that freelancing is a storey with several distinct perspectives. While certain people succeed at freelancing, others do not or would choose not to, regardless of whether they have the necessary skills. Indeed, according to the 99Design poll, 42% of respondents are currently searching for work; freelancing – the solo version of entrepreneurship – has all the highlights, but also all the lows of operating your own company. It’s not for everybody, and many architecture practitioners are well aware of this, preferring the security of a steady paycheck.

Whether pleased or disappointed, one of the advantages of thinking as a freelancer – whether a part-time or full-time freelancer – has been a greater personal emphasis on growth. We know from our experience at Upwork and other sites that freelancers are more concerned about remaining technically and professionally current. Unsurprisingly, four out of five (80% ) production freelancers invested in their career growth through acquiring a specific professional talent (e.g., 3D modelling, UI design, and motion graphics), while half (50%) focused on innovative personal ventures.

In conclusion

Finally, living through Covid 19 has resulted in a flood of emotional reflection and a change in personal and career priorities. About two-thirds (65%) of designers have revised their strategies. About a third (36%) are now more concentrated on finding full-time jobs (though most claim they want to continue to freelance on the side), 30% are involved in expanding and operating their own business, and half (49%) want to stay full-time freelancers.