I’m not perfect, never will be.
If you ever come across someone labelling themselves as the perfect designer, something of an angel that fell from heaven to dazzle you with magnificient array of skills, be very cautious. It’s not a bad thing to have a bit of confidence but a person that positions himself/herself as someone that knows it all is a stagnant professional.
Design is an always evolving profession, things change, a LOT, technology is always shifting, either in print or on the web (especially on the web), which means that to keep with change one has to be constantly evolving, learning and be open about it. One of the most important things to consider in whatever sector you work in is to always be up to date, know what is going on around you, what the latest trend is, how to move away from it, who is considered a role model, read blog posts from up and coming people, go to conferences, be on Twitter… so on.
There always needs to be personal development that more often than not always helps with career development. That is why you should always prefer a designer that is constantly learning to one that says they know it all.
It’s OK to be apprehensive, that is a good thing, it means that you are ready for more, you will strive for quality and deliver even better. From my experience of working alongside and a being a mentor to many recent graduates these design traits and general attitude to work were always missing, which have always confused me. They would either come with a “know it all” attitude or a “don’t give a damn” one. I don’t know if that’s the way universities prepare students, I know I had a very bad experience when taking my degree which actually turned out for the best, but there needs to be a change. Seems like a lot of new designers aren’t coming out with any sort of passion. Sure.. they like design… I like chips as well but you don’t see me working on a chip shop, do you?
The best advice I can give to anyone is to aim for a constant development, aim for perfection, always recognise that there is always room to learn and improve. Always set to create your best ever work. Then study it and aim higher.