Graphic Design Career Guide

Finding a job

Graphic Design

There are many different areas within the graphic design sector and work can be varied. You could get involved in advertising design, event or product branding, or delivering imaginative solutions that generate sales; so some thought as to which area(s) you are particularly interested in will help you to target your job search.

On this page you will find employers to consider in the industry, key job search resources, information about going freelance and top tips to secure employment in the graphic design sector!



Employers who recruit graphic designers

  • Museums
  • Local authorities
  • Schools, and colleges
  • Advertising and public relations agencies
  • Design consultancies
  • Book, magazine and newspaper publishers
  • Brand agencies
  • Multimedia companies
  • Television and broadcasting companies
  • In-house graphic design services of major national and international organisations and companies


Where to find opportunities 

Kickstart your job search in graphic design with the below resources:



Forum includes a comprehensive jobs board, search for Graphic Designer jobs worldwide, browse by country and region.

Design Week

Resource for design professionals to help find current job opportunities and plan their next career move

Bubble Digital Career Portal

Niche jobs board for the digital design industry

UK Graphic Designer

Company directory and jobs board.

If You Could

Information about some of the best opportunities that arise in the creative industries.

The Drum

Extensive website which includes a searchable jobs board showing latest opportunities within a variety of creative categories

Design Business Association

The trade association for all those working in the field of design

Design Jobs Board

Aims to reach designers in the UK looking to work in creative design studios



Useful social media feeds

Check out the following social media feeds for news and information about current projects and to tap into the hidden jobs market.



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Going freelance

If you're considering working on a freelance basis or starting your own business, our Student Start Up team is on hand to offer support, guidance and resources to you for up to five years after graduation. Working for yourself can be a difficult undertaking, but can offer the creative freedom to create your own brand or produce your own projects. Find more information on our Student Start Up team webpage.

Other resources to explore include:

  • Freelance Toolkit – Provides useful information, advice and resources about working as a freelancer.
  • Crunch – Provides UK freelance advice with free downloadable beginners business guides.
  • Freelance – Global crowdsourcing marketplace, which allows potential employers to post jobs that freelancers can then bid to complete.



Top tips for finding a job in graphic design

  • Keep up to date with graphic design news and trends by following the professional bodies on Twitter, this information might help you identify opportunities to network and tap into the hidden jobs market.
  • Keep your online job search flexible as some employers might use different titles to describe the same job role.
  • If you are keen to focus on a specific sector within graphic design check out the specialist websites for these areas for current vacancies.
  • Most companies have a  X (Twitter) and/or Facebook account, follow them as this is often a place where new opportunities are posted and where you can keep in touch with their current activities.



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