North East Lincolnshire County Council
Julia H is a Graphic Designer for North East Lincolnshire County Council. She enjoys this job but the road to it wasn't straightforward. She left University before finishing her degree. She has had several different jobs, some of which did not last long. She took a long time to get over a male boss who thought the girls should "wear the skirts" and the men should "wear the trousers", then she was made redundant. But with support from a female boss and her family she now has a satisfying job and a satisfying hobby teaching dancing.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionGraphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.
QualificationsEntrants have usually completed a foundation course, a BTEC/SQA award, a degree and/or postgraduate qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Design (in various disciplines) are available at Levels 2 and 3. Portfolio work is also important for entry.
- Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints;
- Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes;
- Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations;
- Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project;
- Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales;
- Produces or oversees creation of the final product.