I have a Graphic Communication degree. What now?

I have completed a degree in Graphic Communication and volunteered at a letterpress workshop for a year. I am now struggling to find work within the creative industries, so for the past year I have taken on temporary roles to support myself.

Is there any advice on how to get a foot in the door while still earning money to pay rent and all the rest? All the roles that I find seem to be a part of The Creative Employment Programme, which I am not eligable for.

— Louise

Expert answers

Christopher McHugh 's reply:

Dear Louise,

It sounds like you have done all the right things so far. Gaining work experience is very important in all aspects of the creative sector. I presume you want  a career in graphic design or something similar?

Here are some ideas:

1. Have you gone back to your university and asked the career service/ former tutors for help? They may have start-up schemes to support new creative businesses or be able to introduce you to vacancies/ work experience.

2. Depending on your age (18-30), you may be eligible for support from The Prince's Trust to set up your own graphic design or letter press business. This may take the form of a start-up loan as well as participation in local networking events where you could promote your products.

3. Do you have a portfolio of design work that you can show to potential employers and which lists your expertise in various software packages? Have a look at the online portfolio site Behance, for example.

4. Although Business Link is no more, there is some government advice on setting up and running a small business available here: https://www.gov.uk/business-support-helpline

5. Have you thought about attending some local business networking events (local Chamber of Commerce, etc.) in order to meet potential customers or employers? These often require membership but you might be able to find some free events.

6. Here are some useful resources for creatives/artists: 

Good luck and I hope this is of some help!


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