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Julia, Graphic Designer
Finland, workplace of 1-20 employees
Education
Master, Arts
Yearly salary (€)
25000-35000
In profession since
2012
Weekly hours
35-40

Could you describe your job in short?

I work for a small design agency and my main responsibilities are tasks related to graphic design and branding, such as creating logos and other elements for companies, layout design for advertisements, and sometimes creating illustrations.

What do you do on average work day?

My days vary a lot. The working hours are very flexible and I can often choose if I prefer to work in the morning or later in the afternoon. Some days are longer if there is a deadline coming up and some days are more quiet. This is very typical for the industry and small agencies. The job is quite independent but you have to interact with other team members, like project managers. My whole day usually consists of different design related tasks done on computer, switching between softwares, depending on the task. Sometimes I attend client meetings when the design plan is discussed or final design is presented.

What do you love about your job?

Creating something concrete is what I love about this job. And possibility to use creativity. This kind of flexible work suits me well as I my workflow is strongly connected to general feeling and inspiration. I love the independency and possibility to see my ideas coming to live and being executed.

What are the worst parts of your job?

Creativity has two sides. Sometimes there is a deadline coming up or a urgent request from the client and then you just have to create what is requested, no matter if you get inspiration and great idea or not. You just have to push it.

What are the most important skills in your job?

Ambition Confidence Creativity Flexibility Independency

What are the most important tools/softwares in your job?

Adobe PhotoShop Adobe InDesign Adobe Illustrator Adobe Creative Suite Sketch App

How do you acquire and develop these skills?

Ambition and passion for this job are probably something that you either have or not. Everything else can be learned by gaining experience and participating in different kinds of projects. Doing and repeating are also the most important ways to learn the needed software.

If your job differed from your initial expectations, what were your expectations and how did your job differ from them?

The job is pretty much what I expected.

What does your work week include?

3.0h

Meetings / Group work

2.0h

Emails

28.0h

Independent work

5.0h

Breaks

0.0h

Travel

1.0h

Events