The Benefits Of Good Design Skills In Any Career

More and more these days communication is becoming an essential part of modern business

life and you can find many companies ensuring that all employees are trained in basic design skills helping make all workers multi-skilled and better at collaborating. It’s a move that is really only beneficial to the smooth operating of your organisation and can make you indispensable to your employer as in the modern work-force multi-tasking and having a diverse skill-set is so important and in tough times these are the type of employees that are difficult to replace and being irreplaceable is something that we should all strive to be

in the modern workplace with jobs being scarcer than ever.


As Everything Is Digital These Days

With everything being online these days it is more and more likely that workers in any area of professional life may be needing to promote themselves or their organisation online through areas such as social media and although it’s not essential to be a fully fledged designer it is always helpful to be able to knock up simple graphics to accompany any post. It’s easy for anyone to do this and training even exists for such specific areas. It’s been well documented that the best and most engaged with posts are the ones that have more to them (and this is really what you want in commercial social media posts). Admittedly to be effective the content of your post needs to be good and offer the reader something, such as interesting info or an offer of interest to them, however, if it is never noticed then it doesn’t matter one bit what the content is.


What Skills Are Needed & How To Get Them

Design skills are something that is generally learned, yes some people have more of a natural inclination to it but being a skill anyone can learn. It is maybe a good idea to look at what type of education you are going into after school and when finding out, for example; what is an HND you can look at it and see if there is a wide range of skills to be learned, such as design or digital skills, that will increase your employability. There are numerous different types of course and subject matters and you will find that in many colleges and universities you will be able to take a number of elective modules, which are courses outside your core subject area, and you could do much worse than choosing an elective module that gives you some creative or design skills, such as website creation, graphic design or some kind of film and video production unit, these skills will greatly enhance your CV and make you a much more attractive candidate to any employer.


Liaising With Creative Colleagues

Being able to work with other colleagues in more creative departments than yours is key in any large organisation and if you can do or even just understand the basics then it makes your job and theirs much easier. Having an understanding of how to use graphics and even just how to put them in documents once provided to you is a key skill and can take you a long way.

If you have this kind of thing in your locker then you can then you can use pieces of media that are created by others and put them in other documents or projects and things can really speed up as you can get on with a post or presentation without having to wait for someone else to prepare the media for you and everyone has more time to get on with their core tasks.


Giving Presentations

Most people at some point or other in your career will be required to give a presentation on some subject or other and it’s well known that to be able to command the attention of a room then visual aids go a long way to achieving this. If you have the basic design skills to create and lay-out interesting looking visuals then not only will this make the individual presentations go smoother but will be showing your employer that you are multi-skilled and also have a good level of attention to detail in any task that is put in front of you. Images and videos draw attention to the core points of a presentation and, if interesting, will be a useful memory aid to help the points stick in the audience’s’ minds. You will also want to be particularly mindful of not overdoing the media in a presentation as well, you can easily over-saturate a presentation and the point is that you should be using media as an aid to you rather than to distract from you, it should be you, the presenter of the talk that is the main focal point.


Random Little Extras That Impress In Any Job

Being able to make things look nice in any job is a nice extra touch in any job and something not to be underestimated. Whether you are putting together complex proposals and reports that will benefit from being easier to read and therefore will be more memorable and make your superiors think well of you or something as seemingly trivial as working in a café, but if you make coffee with a visually interesting presentation then you will be seen to be going above and beyond. Now it’s never going to be the case that you are always finding ways to be creative in your role as much of any job is about knowing how to do what you are paid to do really well.

It’s also important to keep any new skills up to date and as trends and technology moves on to be sure to include these new skills in your CPD (continued professional development) as there’s really little point in learning new skills just to let them lapse if you have not used them in a short period of time.




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