I’m a cleaner - is it too late to be a creative?

I am a 46 year old single parent working as a self-employed cleaner (not really what I want to pursue).

I was creative from an early age in art, but with moving around missed out on the opportunity to go to college. I have since gained as a mature student an GNVQ in Advanced Art and Design (1994), HNC CAD Graphic Design (2005) and a BTEC Diploma in Art and Design (2010).

I feel as life is passing me by. Could you please explain to me if I've still got any hope of applying for Graphic Design jobs of something in that field of creativity, or have I left it too late?

— Geraldine Sweeney

Expert answers

Joe Macleod's reply:

Hi Geraldine

Its brillient that you have been continuing your studies in Graphic Design. And I think any eymployer would see that as a massive plus. You may well bring other skills beyond youth, that a graphic design company is looking for. 
The first thing you need to do, is apply for some jobs. You will be up against graduates, but the good news, is that you have something different.
Once you have had some interviews, you will start to see how you can fit into an organisation, and become better at pitching yourself. It might be worth doing some other projects, so you have something more recent to put in your portfolio.

Certainly, there is no need to look at you age as a barrier to getting a job in graphic design.



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