In some fields, a graduate degree is absolutely required to enter the profession. For many creative jobs, however, your abilities are much more important than any qualification or title. A portfolio of stellar work can get you noticed just as easily as any degree. In an essay at Stemmings, designer Ainsley Wagoner writes how the “Grad School Assumption” can be dangerous for budding creatives:
From what I can tell, for today’s designers and developers it is more important to demonstrate being an independent learner rather than to have degree credentials. I’m happy to be doing what I’m doing, working in the day and age I am—where I feel my work is more valuable than where or how long I went to school. I get the feeling my training as a designer lies not in the hallowed halls of a post-secondary institution, but out here, learning from an international, rapidly changing community of design professionals.