Hi there, in a general sense you are a bit late, many successful people knew what they want in life quite early. Being late is not really a good excuse in many instances.
Everything worth doing in life is relatively competitive so an early start plus a good inclination would be a plus. Graphic design is quite competitive, as there isn’t much work going around relative to the number of people offering the service. It got more complicated when the internet is there so instead of just you against a city of people now it literally you against the world, because of that there is a major price disruption as many services got cheaper because their location makes it cheaper as well. It may sound fair but I let individuals decide whether it is fair or not.
Lack of Regulation
There are no government regulations regarding the graphic design field, so it can be difficult for clients to recognize the difference between a skilled graphic design professional and a person who is not skilled. As a talented graphic design professional, you may have a difficult time getting clients to pay fair fees for your services, as less talented individuals likely charge less for the same jobs. You must work to distinguish customers who want high-quality work from those who seek a cheap product.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2019 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the graphic design field is expected to decline by -4% through 2029, which is slower than average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graphic design jobs are expected to increase by 13 percent between 2010 and 2020, but they will remain competitive because of the popularity of the position. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll have smooth sailing when applying for apply for graphic design jobs. Competition comes with the territory in many art careers. This indicates there will be plenty of clients in the market for your services, but you will have to work hard to distinguish your company from the competition.
Should You be Self-Employed?
There are definitely perks to being your own boss. For instance, you get to set your own hours and choose your own jobs. If you work well by yourself and can stay motivated to meet project deadlines without a supervisor to keep you accountable, working for yourself may be a good fit for you.
On the other hand, working in a graphic design job at a firm has good points as well. Your company will be responsible for maintaining your work environment, purchasing equipment and software, and building a client base. You’ll also be more likely to work regular hours for a predictable paycheck.
If you’re not sure if working in a graphic design firm is for you, look for an internship and try it out. Get to know your work style, and choose what fits you best.
Graphics for visual branding and make yourself recognisable
The main competition comes from a busy and overloaded market which makes it difficult for your brand to become recognisable. Standing out and making a visually identifiable trademark pattern is essential. Trendy graphic designs help one to meet these goals.
When you try to create trendy graphics, it includes designing a logo, colour scheme, and other visual characteristics of your brand, which make it distinct. The objective of this is to ensure that your trendy graphics do not go obsolete in the shuffle, nor your brand. Achieving this goal will surely set you to win over the competitors whose graphics are not so trendy.
Design service these days are very cheap…5 USD for a logo…they say…how can you beat that so you need to be very competitive, your designs very relevant, updated, and somewhat cutting edge. You can learn a lot of these things in school but having a natural talent to design is really a game changer. having a natural inclination in designing is very good almost super desirable.
So competition is both tight and loose. Where you go will determine what you can much make & how hard the market is to get into.
Your creative skills will sell you, either they like what you do or they don’t.
As for getting into being a graphic design person;
- Are you creative?
- Can you be handed a scrap of paper with an idea crudely sketched on it and make it on a computer, or another drawing device into something the “client” wants?
- Can a person just start talking of an idea, and your brain starts to think of what & how to make that idea into reality?
- Can you just sit down and create work for yourself?
- Do you like to create, just to create?
- Can you handle critics with professional manners?
If you can answer these first questions with Yes or Maybe;
Read everything you can find on the rules of graphic design.
Watch Youtube training videos.
Look at every Printed thing you can find, good or bad, and discuss with yourself the good & bad points of the design.
Learn the rules of photography, which are also the rules of painting with oils/acrylics/watercolours & drawing/sketching.
Look at websites, again study what makes them work or be terrible.
So ask yourself if you fill most of the things I mentioned. I will never discourage anyone who wants to try. But you need to be responsible for your decisions. Do not blame me if it fizzles out. it just happens, you need to keep trying. If you really love art, you may be happier pursuing it in your spare time and doing something else for a living. If you do choose a career in graphic design, just go into it with open eyes and don’t be afraid to change your mind at any point in life.