@HAWK thanks so much for the mention I really appreciate the link to my blog, thanks!
@Valencia_ – @leighrubin is right… all is not lost!
You need something to show potential clients (even if you’re going for work experience), plus your work needs to be relevant to the job you are applying for. so reach out to the top 10 best companies to work for in your nearest city and start researching and reaching out to designers who already work there, make new friends and get them to show you what they are working on and how they work
Firstly, learn how to build a user interface using HTML and CSS. Even if you are never going to hand code you need to understand the fundamentals of your new career. Secondly I would focus on getting 3 pro bono pure “design jobs” under your belt and start applying for jobs from there.
Thirdly, the best creative web design teams I’ve worked with had super defined roles, for a reason, they work the team did got done way faster when each person was responsible for their particular area, there was no crossover.
A) UX research and design (working with the target audience to flesh out sketches then wireframes, interaction specs… and then hand them over to visual design)
B) Visual Designer (working on style guides, sketch, photoshop, illustrator and building clickable prototypes from the prototype wireframes defined by UX etc)
C) Front end designer (building the pages in HTML, CSS, JS). ready to hand over to backend development.
Best advice would be to choose one role from the above and become a specialist in your field, that way you’ll always be in demand too.
I hope that helps?