Hello everyone! I’ve finally decided to sign up to the new forum.
Anyways. Here’s a funny little thing that happened.
So my job doesn’t have me designing much anymore. I mostly take meetings and come up with general ideas and give the work to one of the graphic designers we have. I do some freelance work, but it’s mostly programming and web development.
Since I’m not good at relaxing and like to stay busy at all times, I decided to sign up for a college Graphic design course just for kicks (I got my graphic design degree back in 2008). It’s one of the capstone courses meant to prepare designers for the ~real world~ by challenging them to find clients and do work for them.
In fact, I find the class incredibly unstructured. One assignment was literally “contact the director of a local non-profit organization and design a brochure for them”. Then we were supposed to give the NPO a printable copy of the print-ready brochure, then submit the assignment to the professor after it’s all said and done. I get what they’re doing in pushing kids to step outside of their comfort zone. But at that point, you’re basically freelancing for a grade rather than money.
So. I didn’t tell the professor that I’ve been working as a designer for 10+ years now. The program was one that I started a long time ago, but took a different course (you choose between portfolio/job prep, an internship and on other).
Yesterday I got an email from him saying that every semester, the department picks the work of a few students and enters it into a competition where professionals come from all over the country and critiques it, and it looks great on accomplishment sections of resume’s and stuff. And there are representatives from companies there offering jobs and scholarships (I guess for masters?). A girl last year one a full scholarship to study at some fancy art school in California. He said that he submitted my work to the department board, and they unanimously voted to submit my work.
So I immediately felt guilty. If there’s a limited number of spots available, some poor college student got booted out because I was bored and took a class for fun. So I sent the professor an email explaining everything, and saying that I have no intention of furthering my education in graphic design, and most likely wouldn’t list any rewards on my resume.
Not bragging that my work stands out from college student’s or anything, It all just feels kind of silly. Like if an NBA player signed up for a college basketball course and started winning scholarships and rewards. I’m interested to see what he says.