I’ve only had internships in the past but want to get a paid job in graphic design. I’m currently working in an unrelated field and want to get a job in graphic design. Since I’ve gotten away from design I don’t have anything currently in the form of a portfolio. I want to do new stuff and make case studies of the projects to show my process. I’ve had portfolios in the past but just showed the finished product and no process. Everything was chaotic and had no sense of order on my website. I would go back to old designs but I don’t remember enough for a case study or have any sketches.
I think this hurt me when trying to look for a job. I want to wipe the slate clean and start again from scratch. I’ve looked at some graphic design jobs in my area that I could qualify for but I’m still unsure of what to put in my portfolio as it seems like these jobs are looking for slightly different things.
I want to create a plan of action for building a portfolio. How could I get started again and what are some ideas for what projects to include?