When to decide your design career is over?

4 months ago from Bob Smith, Senior UX designer

  • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, 4 months ago

    I'm in the middle of a similar situation. I have 20 years of experience as a designer and developer but I'm finding it difficult to get a job as a senior designer somewhere I can advance to an art director/creative director role eventually. I wouldn't say my career is over but I want to move on from the day to day designing and become more of a mentor and idea person, leave the details to the younger designers. I've spent the past year submitting resumes to a variety of design firms and corporate design teams with only a handful of interviews and a couple of close opportunities that slipped through my grasp. I'm on the verge of working with a recruiter which is something I might suggest you do as well. The design industry is very diverse and a good recruiter can help you find the type of job you want, not just another job in the design industry.

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    • Bob Smith, 4 months ago

      I've recently engaged a recruiter but it has been slow progress. I'm hoping this will help me either land somewhere needing my amount of experience or will show me the local market is tapped. Not to sound full of myself, but most of the people in the most senior design roles locally have less experience than I do... sometimes half and not good experience. I can understand working for someone younger, that's going to happen, but someone who's less experienced seems too much to take.

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    • Samantha S, 4 months ago

      Ageism is rampant in the tech industry and blows. How might we fight ageism and hire for talent? (we all are getting older after all...)

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      • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, 4 months ago

        "Ageism is rampant in everywhere and blows". There, fixed that for you. As to how to fix it, I have no idea.

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