Are you a creative type with lots of artistic flair? If so, a career in the Art and Design industry could be for you. You need to be setting the trends, not following them. Art and design is an industry where creativity and imagination are key. You’re more likely to be the assistant to the person who is creating, but remember that everybody in this industry started out this way and the only way to the top through a potent combination of hard graft and innovative ideas. For this reason, it’s very important to keep a portfolio of all your ideas, not just the ones you like the most. Working hours and patterns in this industry varies and is sometimes quite unconventional. Working as a freelancer is a common path, but can also mean that you go through pretty tough periods where it’s tough to get any work. You also need to be good at the business side of things and networking if you’re going to be a freelancer. Many don’t work entirely on their own though. You can become part of an art collective or design agency, allowing you to develop communication and teamwork skills.