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Is a Web Design Career Right For You?

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Web design careers require passion for the craft

Vancouver, BC - July 20, 2010 - Is a career as a web designer right for you? It's all about passion. If you work on web design projects just for fun or because you love to solve design problems, then those are good signs that web design is a career that's right for you.

Here are five tips that will put you on the right path to become a web designer:

1. Start with the basics. Learn the fundamentals at a top design institution such as Visual College of Art and Design where you can develop and sharpen your skills in areas such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver.

2. Create an identity. Build a web presence and an online portfolio so you'll be ready to show prospective employers just what you can do. The Web Design program at VCAD helps you to build your portfolio as you study.

3. Start early. Becoming a web designer is nothing like becoming a lawyer or a doctor. You don't need to get a degree before starting your career. In addition to building your own site, take on web design projects for anyone who will give you the work, even if it's for no pay.  It's not glamorous, but you'll be rounding out your portfolio. You'll also learn a lot while you're doing it.

4. Make connections. Devote time to networking and meeting people. Attend industry events, seminars, join professional associations and participate in social gatherings.  Look for opportunities to network on campus. For example, VCAD is holding an Open House on July 24, 2010 where you can connect with up-and-coming art and design professionals.

5. Be prepared. Before you start looking for work, make sure your application materials are above par. Have a mentor or someone else who is a better editor than you review your resume and related materials. Don't know any good editors? Try speaking with one of your instructors - at VCAD, they're industry-experienced professionals who are there to help you succeed!

Fill out the form to your right for more info on how to get started as a web designer!