Schools Training

Pay for Your Graphic Design Courses By Working for Other Students

2 APR 2012
Career Path : Computers and Technology

The good news is that you got into the graphic design courses you wanted. The bad news is that you’re not sure how you’re going to pay for it. You know that you could probably find work at some café, but wonder if there isn’t a better way… There is.

Start offering your services to your fellow students in programs other than graphic design courses. You will have to offer reduced rates, but no matter. Everyone has to start somewhere.

There are certain programs where students have a far greater likelihood of working for themselves after graduation. Event planning courses and accounting training both come to mind.

Students in event planning courses and accounting training who plan to launch their own businesses have a real need to showcase their services in a professional looking brochure or website, but may lack the skills.

To the rescue of enterprising students in event planning courses

Are there event planning courses at the school where you are enrolled in graphic design courses? Many of the students in this kind of program intend to work solo after graduation. They have to market themselves to clients, via print and web communications. Make it easier for them by offering to:

  • design their event planning website
  • design a brochure
  • design a logo
  • design a professional looking invoice
  • design letterhead

Use the skills acquired in your graphic design courses to give your counterparts in event planning courses a step up in the world.

And who knows? Your counterparts in event planning courses may one day call on you to design invitations and other communications materials for their events. It’s never too early to start networking… Even at the beginning of your graphic design courses.

To the rescue of enterprising students in accounting training

Some of the students in the accounting training program at the school where you take courses may also be planning to work solo after graduation. Put up signs targeting students hoping to set up their own home-based bookkeeping businesses. Let them know you can help them:

  • design their accounting website
  • design a brochure
  • design a logo
  • design a professional looking invoice
  • design a customized letterhead

Forging ties with students in accounting may also facilitate your transition into the working world after graduation from graphic design courses. They may share your name with the businesses that use their bookkeeping services, for example.

While you are still in school, you can practice your skills on students in other programs, who will appreciate having a low-cost alternative to help them find clients more easily upon graduation.