Graphic Design Career Guide

Getting Started

Graphic Design

With a degree in Graphic Design you could be looking at a wide range of occupations. Prospects has a useful list of job profiles each containing relevant information about key responsibilities, skill requirements, starting salaries, entry requirements, career prospects with links to major employers and current graduate vacancies.


Job roles

Job roles in this sector include but are not restricted to:



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Throughout your degree, it is a good idea to start developing a portfolio of your work. Portfolios are a great way to showcase your design work to employers and help you to stand out from the crowd.


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Keeping up to date

Below you will find some key resources to help you research the graphic design industry further and keep up date with industry news.




Industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses working in the creative industries

Creative and Cultural Skills

Online service to provide the tools, knowledge and networks to support every individual and business to get in, and get on, in the creative industries and cultural sector.


Educational charity; a source of information, ideas and advice for those working in advertising and the creative industries

The Ideal Candidate

Has collected information from leading design studios outlining what they are looking for in an ‘ideal candidate’.

Chartered Society of Designers

Website gives access to advice, and opportunities for ongoing training, development and networking


Network for agencies, brands and individuals to showcase what they do, find and connect with each other, collect inspiration and hire or get hired

Bubble Digital Career Portal

Aimed at graduates, school leavers, teachers and career advisors providing some great resources to help job seekers and employers connect; includes link to a Jobs and Careers Blog with useful information and resources.

The Drum

lobal media platform with useful career advice, profile hub, latest industry news and ideas to showcase, celebrate and inspire great projects and work to learn from. Includes a searchable jobs board showing latest opportunities within a variety of creative sectors.

Creative Network South

CNS is working to develop the creative industries in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Their prime focus is the attraction and retention of creative talent.

Ladies, Wine & Design

Offer free mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, talks & creative meetups for underrepresented creatives.


Create a Profile for peers, fans and business opportunities to find you. The site brings many aspects of the creative industries together into an easy to navigate, highly relevant space.

We the makers

Empowering Makers for professional growth through creative jobs, resources, mentorship, and community.



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Graphic design

All you need to kickstart your career in the graphic design industry.

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Gaining experience in graphic design

Discover how to build work experience during your degree.

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Finding a job in graphic design

Explore different ways you can secure employment in graphic design after your graduation.

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