Computer Design and 3d Graphics Education
To begin this story, I want to mention that I started in the field of computer design with an Electric Engineering company. Working for two departments related to computer graphic design. This was a great opportunity for me since I could practice my skills as Graphic and Industrial Engineer. My areas of proficiency within the Commercial department were branding, logos, product packaging, websites, e-commerce and advertisement; my title with the Engineering department was 3D CAD/CAM Industrial computer and graphic designer. However, I worked for this company for more than 2 years and this experience made me become a very detailed oriented person with excellent organization skills and a great professional.
Nonetheless, the work environment in the office was always excellent, in terms of discrimination. Now, I am a 32 year old man and, even though the color of my skin is white, I am Hispanic. With that said, I have never heard any disrespectful behavior. Or demeaning comment at work towards me or any of my co-workers.
The Engineering department had me working on the computer graphic designs for both electric and electronic products. The Technical department uses these products for electric works, like new electric installations or maintenance. Basically, I used 3D CAD/CAM software for Industrial designers. The experience in this department helped me to understand better the Commercial department. After a while, I had the opportunity to work on logotypes and branding, website, computer graphic designs, product packaging and advertisement.
If I had to rate my job satisfaction
On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say eight because I do love this field but I do not like having so much responsibility. Because of this, my professionalism and my I-CAN-DO attitude, I am overloaded and being under too much pressure makes me lose interest, enthusiasm, and motivation.
Presently, this job moves my heart. It is completely interesting, and in the sense that the visual part is something that I enjoy. I was very proud of myself because I could see the final result; I could check for myself that my computer graphic designs worked.
However, I would love to share my experience with others because I think that they should consider that this is a real stressful career but very exciting. But the reality is that one always feels great when the final product just looks wonderful.
How I started in this line of work
Additionally, it first happened when my best friend from college told me about helping his company. We were both studying Industrial Engineering. But I also took classes in Graphics Arts & Computer Design. The different projects from college, like technical computer graphic designs with CAD/CAM software, was very helpful to understand more this type of career. Furthermore, if I could go back in time and do it differently, I would enroll in more classes for Graphics Arts. To cover all of the aspects of the Computer Graphic Design field.
One of the most stressful time while working in both departments was when I learned the hard way in this job about deadlines. I was put in charge of one of the projects, and I had to supervise every single aspect of the design. Being in charge of both computer designs, industrial and commercial, taught me a great lesson: a person cannot be in two positions at the same time and has to have great members working in the team.
The single most essential thing that I have learned
Outside of school, I have learned that the working world was the different levels of the hierarchy of the company. Be that as it may, I really enjoy this aspect because it gave the opportunity to talk to professionals from the same company in this and other fields. Who helped me to achieve my goals and to become a great professional.
The strangest thing that ever happened to me in this job was when I thought that I had lost the whole computer design of this metal part. This meant that the metal part had to be done again. But hours later, I and my supervisor realized that blueprints and printouts were just behind a desk as if somebody had put it in there. That was so strange that my supervisor never again said a thing about it. He did not even get mad at me for making such a huge mistake. We both were under the impression that those very weird.
I like getting up in the morning thinking that I would have a great day at work.
But the fact is that this job makes it easier since it makes you see the final results of the computer graphic designs. This is a career where I could appreciate my work. After all, I am so proud of myself, and it feels so good when I can hold with my hands one of those products that I have designed. It is a great feeling.
When am not able to meet deadlines because of the complexity of the tasks, I get this feeling of frustration. Mostly when I know that I have been working very hard but projects are not realistic. In terms of time or budget. Nevertheless, I never though about quitting this job. It is just that. A better opportunity in other field showed up; and I just took it.
Anyhow, this is a very stressful job since projects in this industry require heavy loads of work, overtime, deadlines, and much more requirements. But, in my case, I love this job. I am really good working under pressure. So I will always say that it is a pleasure working as Graphic designer.
When it comes to salaries
At any rate, I always thought that the paycheck was not enough. The reason is because projects always take several weeks and I was forced to do a lot of overtime to be able to meet deadlines. As a matter of fact, I also know from my experience that it is difficult to disconnect from work. Even when I was at home, I used to end up doing some work from home so that I would have more time in the office to work on other projects. On the other hand, I really think that the salaries for this type of jobs should be higher since computer designers use a great deal of their time.
Vacations were 30 days a year, which I believe that it is a nice period of time. Though, there are also 10 more days off during the year because of the national holidays and that makes it easier and I could forget about the stress at work.
I really believe that a great education helps to succeed in this field
Though I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Science. As well as two certified diplomas related to Graphics Arts & Computer Design with the Unemployment Educational System. I will always recommend studying other fields of this profession.
However, If I had a friend considering this field, I would recommend obtaining a great education first. I think that a solid education, with diplomas and degrees in different fields. It can always offer a lot of opportunities.
Aside from that, I would like to see myself running my own business in the next five years. The reason is because I really believe in myself. I am a hard worker and a great professional. Nevertheless, I would like to work with great professionals to share my point of view. As well as making them part of the business.