Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Friday, September 9, 2016
Transitioning from one career path to another can be scary and exciting all at the same time. It sounds like you are looking to make a pretty large leap, but it's not impossible.
When you stated that you have the skills, my question is where did you get the skills from? Perhaps you have more things you can add to your resume with regard to how you obtained the graphic design skills? If not, why not see if you can do some volunteer work in that space. It will give you great experience as well as possibly help you network with others about graphic design job openings. Also, although graphic design is technical, there is also the aspect of creativity. Are there parts of your social work role that might lend itself to being creative? How about your interpersonal skills? As a graphic designer you need to be able to communicate with customers and business partners, so that is a transferable skill to have.
Any time you want to make a big move with your career, it is always helpful to network. Whenever you are speaking with someone, share with them about your desire to make a move as you never know who knows who or what. You can also use LinkedIn and local business groups for networking purposes. Stay the course and you should be able to ultimately transition into your new career! Good Luck!