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Unlocking the Funhouse of Design Education: A Recruitment Industry Adventure

Posted On Monday, March 4, 2024

Author: David Armitage (Technical Director)

Picture this: you, the maestro of design, standing at the crossroads of career enlightenment. The signpost reads "Further Education Avenue." We've all heard the age-old adage that education is a designer's best investment. But let's not dive into the abyss of academia just yet. Should you embark on a school odyssey, seek a mentor, or channel your inner design Sherlock and unravel the mysteries on your own?

Fear not, fellow designers! Today, we embark on a whimsical journey through the carnival of design education. Grab your cotton candy, and let's explore ways to enrich your design prowess, making you the star attraction for clients in the dazzling realm of the recruitment industry.

Marketing Mayhem and the Unhappy Freelancer

Ah, the tale of the freelance designer wrestling with the woes of undesirable clients. Our protagonist possessed skill but struggled to attract the dream clients who waltz in with smiles and timely payments. What could have saved this designer from the clutches of discontent? The magical art of marketing!

Learning the ropes of effective marketing can transform your freelance destiny. There's a right way and a wrong way to reach out to top-tier clients. The difference lies in understanding your niche, the intricate dance between your client base and their customers. Tailor your marketing endeavors with finesse, and watch as your career transforms into a carnival of success.

The Design Mentor Quest

In the mystical land of design, mentors emerge as wise wizards, offering insights not only into the craft but also the industry's secret scrolls. Seeking a mentor is like embarking on a noble quest, and every designer should don their armor and wield the sword of curiosity. The veterans of the design realm love sharing their wisdom with aspiring knights – that's you!

Don't shy away from seeking mentorship, for it costs nothing but the courage to ask. The magical bond formed with a mentor can unlock doors to new realms of creativity, communication, and untapped potential. It's a quest worth pursuing in the grand tapestry of your design adventure.

Test, Then Invest: The Carnival of Practical Wisdom

In the circus of design, sometimes the high-flying trapeze of investment may seem daunting. Should you plunge into the world of networking, investing time, money, and energy to expand your connections? The answer lies in the enchanted realm of testing.

Testing assumptions before making grand investments is the key to avoiding the design tightrope. If the thought of networking makes you cringe, test the waters first. This carnival game of trial and error allows you to discern what works and what doesn't, both in your design endeavors and freelance promotions.

In the Funhouse of Learning

In the grand carnival of design education, the journey doesn't end with diplomas and degrees; it merely unfurls its colorful banners. Lifelong learning is the true essence if you're twirling through the design carousel correctly. Remember, education, in all its dazzling forms, is never a waste.

As you navigate the rollercoaster of design education, don't forget that your competition is honing their skills, investing time, money, and energy to stand out. Join the carnival, invest in your education, and let the whimsy of design carry you to new heights in the thrilling landscape of the recruitment industry. Step right up, designers, and let the carnival of creativity begin!

Author: David Armitage (Technical Director)

10 Years+ experience building software, job boards, and websites for the recruitment industry.

Please feel free to contact me for a free consultation, a technical review of your website, or information regarding the services we offer.

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