Choosing a path in the Graphic/Interactive Design industry.
April 21, 2014 6:50 PM Subscribe
I'm a graduating graphic design student with two job offers in the field of interaction design following graduation. One is extremely well paid with great perks in the tech industry, and the other more traditional studio setting, only three-months long (to start) with lower pay but with more interesting work. Help?
I'm a 22 year old student, about to graduate in three weeks with a degree in graphic and interactive design. I've spent a good majority of my last semester applying for jobs and internships in the industry– some in tech (as a user experience designer, interaction designer, or product designer) and some in more traditional design studios. It's boiled down to two offers: one at a huge internet company (that you're certainly familiar with) and a smaller studio that specializes in creating interactive physical environments.
Both offer incredible opportunities for growth within the field. The tech company, located in Silicon Valley, let's call it company A, also offers excellent perks and benefits, as well as a ridiculous salary. The work I'd be doing in this company is innovative, long term (2 year contract) but only within their mobile team. Company B on the other hand, is only offering me a not-so-well paid three-month position in Portland, OR (with a possibility for full-time afterwards) but consistently produces work that's exciting and would give me a better opportunity to work within different aspects of design as well as platforms and experiences.
My concerns are partly what my salary would be on either case (there would be a difference of around ~50k if I did get the full time position at Company B), and also whether or not I'd be happy working at either company and considering what would happen if I wanted to switch jobs. With Company B, at the end of the three months I could potentially find a new job in the tech industry with relative ease (they're hiring like crazy), whereas going from a high paying job in Silicon Valley to a low-paying more traditional studio job would be a downgrade in lifestyle and income.
So, do I take the high paying job, which would give me the most flexibility for housing, lifestyle and paying back student loans but I may not enjoy as much– OR take the low paying, short term position that may or may not yield a full time job that is more exciting and is kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity?