My ultimate goal is to one a have a successful career as a Production Manager for a Publication. Ideally, I would want to work for a comic publisher, or a tech magazine. My major in Graphic Art Production Management will help me some of the way in obtaining my goal. However, I have never been the type of person whom learn solely through lectures and reading. I’m one of those people who learns better “with their hands”. As I mentioned in the previous post, I work as a Prepress operator for a printing company. I have gained a lot of knowledge not only about printing but design.
One of the most important lessons that I have learned is that that no matter how beautiful the design is, if it can’t output (print or display) it means nothing. The only unfortunately thing is that I can’t get to where I want to be by working for this company. To obtain my dream job I know it going to take the right combination of work experience and technical skill in production. I also know that going to have to start at an entry level position so that I can build on my skills. I know it seems like I plan on doing double the work, but I believe that managers can gain more respect from their subordinates it they have relatable work experience. I have often worked for managers that had no idea about the operations they were responsible for. I find that this type of manager rarely are prepare for issues that may arise, and are quick to blame others.
A careers in graphic arts will continue my development, and hopeful the I can get an entry level graphic designer position at a publication. So, I started my job search Graphic Art/Publications, to which I found lot of Graphic Design oriented position. Some results did vary, as not all were for Publications. The overall qualifications are 1-5 years in a design environment (prepress for some), 4 year degree, organizational skills, technical skill using the Adobe suite or Quark Xpress, Verbal and Written communication skills.
HarperFestival and HarperCollins imprints
Design and Marketing Associate
Great Oaks Foundation (Great Oaks)
Junior Graphic Designer (Chelsea)
Jr. Graphic Designer
Graphic and Marketing Designer
Jr. Graphic Designer/Illustrator
Graphic Designer (Midtown)
Johnson & Johnson
Marketing Graphic Designer
New York Times