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Does the ACP offer free training in programs related to our degree fields?


Marina Harris Pulaski, TN

I've just recently graduated back in April of 2022 and it's now the middle of August as I type this.

I'm still looking for full time employment, but thinking I may need to further my education and skillset in my BFA in graphic design.

Does this program offer free training or courses for this?

15 August 2022 4 replies Education & Training



Mary M. Burns Denver, CO

Good morning Marina,
I can appreciate your concern about finishing your degree and not landing a full time role yet. If your job search is in the private sector, the most likely way you'll land a position is through networking. Here's a way to approach your search: 1) Build a target list of companies; 2) find networking connections within the firms; 3) do your research/learn more about the company, design projects, etc.; 4) apply for open positions -- with an advocate who can refer you. I would be glad to share more about how you can find some connections within the firms of interest. Please feel free to reach me at for some complementary coaching. Thank you for your service.

16 August 2022 Helpful answer


June Webb Chevy Chase, MD

Hello Marina,

Graphic design is a creative field. You can start your online business at any point on Fiverr, Canva or Godaddy. These APPs allow you to sell your designs as templates. There are not that many in house graphic designer that works on a W-2 employment any more so you may want to do the math in investing more money in your education and what kind of return you can obtain from paying for another degree.

June Webb


Jennifer Polhemus Santa Monica, CA

Are you thinking of add'l education because you feel unprepared, or is it because you think it will help you obtain employment? Assuming it is the latter, if you post a request here for resume review or interviewing help, you'll probably get some helpful responses.


Richard Byrne Hillsborough, NJ

Log onto the ACP webpage,
click on the ACP Advisor-net tab, & select the "Community" icon.
Under the "Advisors" tab, select "Arts & Entertainment" from the "Refine by" pull down box.
(Other selections include: Business, Government Policy & International Affairs )
Look for the "Show More" box at the bottom of the page.
Examine the advisor profiles, & use the ACP message feature for advice.

I've added links to information & videos to these sections of my EE webpage that might be useful to you: - Government job search - Commercial job searches - 1 yr. FREE LinkedIn premium, also Upwork freelance - see VRRAP - page down to Skill-share

Do job searches, target resume versions emphasizing job requirements.

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