The results are in...
Thank you for taking the time to share your design career journey with us. We understand your frustration and want to help you turn your design job search around, for the better, starting today.
Your design skills are not up yet up to par either because you lack a formal design education or because your prior design education did not provide enough foundational knowledge or you still lack practice.
Your portfolio likely suffered because your design skills need improvement. The smallest knowledge gaps show up as glaring deficits in trained eyes of experienced hiring managers.
Although it would be great if our work speaks for itself, but it’s not enough. It is the most basic requirement to have great design skills, but if you lack portfolio, personal branding and career skills, other candidates who excel in those areas will often have a leg up against you.
Now that we understand the problem, the path ahead of you is clear.
Recommended Action Plan
Figure out where you lack the most in the design skill sets – is it visual design (i.e. your design does not look beautiful and polished? Is it your case study writing? Is it that you make design mistakes that seasoned designers won’t? You need to either have great self awareness or seek out professional feedback to help you get to the core of where you are lacking.
Once you uncover the areas you need to improve the most, you need a plan to improve on them, systematically. That can be a course that’s highly-tailored to your needs, or mentorship from an experienced designer.