Working in arts, craft and design with Level 2 qualifications such as BTECs or GCSEs
With GCSEs or similar in addition to your talent, you may be able to get a trainee or apprentice job in a design studio or craft workshop. Or you might want to use your skills to set up your own studio and sell your work.
Either way, a portfolio showing off your work and skills is really important. You may be able to get your first job in the industry without studying at college or university. However, most people will have done a degree or similar to gain experience and develop their talent.
I design the look of packaging and all marketing materials. This includes anything that's printed, for example, logos, brochures and exhibition panels.
Jake, senior designer at a graphic design company