If you’re a student who wants to do web design work after graduating, then Andy Rutledge’s “The Employable Web Designer” is a must-read.
Rutledge talks about how it is the student’s responsibility to make sure they have marketable skills upon graduation, and he lists what he considers to be the minimum requisite skills for a web designer. Skills like written communication, public speaking, and business etiquette made the list, along with typography, drawing, and branding.
So web design students and recent graduates, what do you think? Are there skills that surprised you or ones that weren’t on the list that should be?
I liked that the list included skills that professional writers and editors need for their day-to-day work as well. For example, “Idea Communication & Support” means being able to communicate your ideas and your reasoning for your decisions, which is a skill you must have as an editor. Does your client need to know the mechanics behind your edits? No, but you do need to be able to communicate your understanding of their work and how your changes make it better.
The bottom line is that no matter what program you attended, you are the one who has to make yourself marketable to the business world. What steps are you taking to make sure you are employable?