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    Hello everyone,

    My name is April and I'm 28 years old. I fell in love with graphic design by accident in high school when I had already taken all available art classes and computer graphics was the only one left. I'm really trying to make being a freelance designer a career, but I've gotten lost on the way there. I have gone to school for it, and had to quit. I have been thinking about going back, but teachers that I have had told me that having a degree isn't that necessary as long as your portfolio is strong.

    I have kind of lost motivation and feel that being surrounded by like-minded individuals will greatly help me find the fire I once had for design.

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    Hi RenegadeMade and welcome to GDF.

    We ask all new members to read very important links here and here. These explain the rules, how the forum runs and a few inside jokes. No, you haven't done anything wrong, we ask every new member to read them. Your first few posts will be moderated, so don't panic if they don't show up immediately. Enjoy your stay.
    There are exceptions to every situation, but in general I think you do need that degree to work professionally. A lot of companies scan resumes and kick out those without the credentials they require. If you apply somewhere that requires a degree, scanning software could throw out your resume (not recognizing any degree letters) and that's it. A human never sees your resume, never sees your portfolio. That's if you're applying at a company that scans resumes. For other employers, maybe yes, maybe no. Just remember that when you send in a resume, so are a multitude of other people - and a lot of those people are going to have a degree.

    If in doubt, start looking at job listings. Read the requirements, see what percentage require a degree.
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