Eric Magallan

Eric Magallan

IT Technician and Graphic Designer


Val Verde Unified School District

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I went to the Art Institute in Orange County to study graphic design.
Living in Orange County was expensive, so I couldn't finish all four years of school.
Luckily, I was hired directly into a graphic design job; I worked in the field for over 10 years.
I stopped feeling challenged by graphic design, so I decided I needed to diversify my skill set.
I went back to school to study computer science and computer engineering.
I was hired by Val Verde Unified School District as an IT technician.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Canyon Springs High School
Bachelor
Graphic Design
The Art Institute of California-Orange County
Bachelor
Computer Science and Engineering
Moreno Valley College

Career

IT Technician and Graphic Designer

I'm a graphic designer/computer science major with a love of technology and art.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Engineering
Helping People

Day to Day

I get to work and check out what's on my list for the day. Sometimes I'll be working on a project that requires me to find a little bit of inspiration, so I'll look at magazines or catalogs to check out where the latest trends in design are going. Then I'll start designing, present my project to my peers to get some feedback, and then finally I'll send my design off to the client.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Always be working on your own projects on the side. If you keep creating projects and work for yourself, you'll have a full portfolio that will help you stand out from everyone else.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Personally, one of the biggest reasons I got into graphic design was because of the awesome print and design classes that I took in high school.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Graphic Design
undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Science and Engineering

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"Your dreams are unrealistic."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student