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Is there a way to balance career and passion for design?

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Question: I'm planning to take a course on computer design this fall, but I'm not sure that's a career path I want to pursue. I love my job now but want to further my learning. Any suggestions on what kind of coursework would allow me to explore my passion for art and design but would not steer me away from the job I love?  -- Confused


Dear Confused,
If you live in or near a large community or city, you may be able to find an art school that offers night or Saturday/Sunday courses. Start slow and make sure that you can do the work before you add too many classes.
I just finished my bachelor's degree after six years. I worked full time and tried to make sure that I did not over do it with school.
Don't be confused, get focused and look into your dreams. Good luck.

It's difficult to offer an opinion with out knowing your heart.
Take the leap and pursue other creative outlets without abandoning your current position. You'll find, that which you learn will enhance your current position and satisfy your yearning to expand and explore other creative outlets.
Best wishes and don't ever stop learning.

I agree with Jodi. Also, if you live near a university, college, or community college you might be able to take art classes. The schools often have courses designed precisely for people like you, looking for a path for your creative heart. Also, if you live near a museum, they also offer art and design classes. Additionally, go online and see what might be available as well. Creativity takes many paths: you will find the right one if you keep looking.

I have balanced a career in accounting with a passion for photography and computer design by getting involved in the production of company newsletters, marketing materials and proposals. I took a 1-day Photoshop class last year and have sky-rocketed since then.

I have made extra money for 5 years doing newsletters marketing notebooks for a local realty office and even did a PowerPoint Memorial for a friend's mother. You don't have to quit your day job to pursue your passion.

Admins are always being called on to do different things. Let you boss know your talents and that you are available for these tasks. Possibly you can work with other departments doing flyers or announcements or get involved (or start) a company newsletter.

Check out Fred Pryor/CareerTrack for seminars (a lot of $99 specials) and on-line training ( - $250 for one year of unlimited on-line extensive training. Or try - they offer some free segments.)

Good luck!

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