How to become a junior creative: Aaron's story

Meet Aaron and find out about his life as a junior creative at Music Agency. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

  • Aaron went to design college, CCAD - Cleveland College of Art and Design in Middlesbrough, to do an Illustration and Graphic Design course. Alongside his studies, Aaron started doing freelance work for friends’ bands

  • After college, Aaron went to The Manchester School of Art, at Manchester Metropolitan University, to study Graphic Design

  • In his second year of university, he got an internship at Topman in London working with a design team on international campaigns

  • According to Aaron, the most important skills for a junior creative role are creativity, communication and understanding the client.

Aaron is a junior creative. A similar job is a graphic designer. Whilst this role differs from a graphic designer, it could help you land a junior creative role. Graphic designers create visual branding, adverts, brochures, magazines, website designs, product packaging and displays.

What to expect if you want to be a graphic designer

  • Graphic designer average salary: £18,000 to £35,000 per year
  • Graphic designer typical working hours: 37 to 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a graphic designer?

You could get into this role via a university course, a college course or an apprenticeship.

Sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service

This information is a guide and is constantly changing. Please check the National Careers Service website for the latest information and all the qualifications needed.

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