i'm going to finish school first. as tempting as it might be to work as an illustrator, i need to graduate!! in the end its the skills that you have that count the most, and thats what people are going to look at.
i thought about working as an artist while i'm going to school but i decided it would be a bad idear. one reason being that my art skills aren't exactly l33t. i dont want to go into the illustration/art field as a half ass artist who isn't technically qualified compared to the other artists that i would work with. by technically qualified i mean not qualified in knowing and executing the basic technical foundations of illustration (i.e. composition, color theory, life drawing, rendering, etc etc).
thats just me. :9
now...if the job was a small side job that i could manage while going to school full time. i'd do it. as long as it wouldn't cut in too much with school. lets just say its a life lesson learned from past experiences that involved holding a job (or three) while attending school.
Well, I'm working for a well-known company right now and going to school. It's hard, but getting income is VERY nice and the experience is top notch. I'd recommend seeing how long this job would take you, then weigh out how much it'd mean to you... I mean, if it's something you'd love to do, and you can do it without affecting your grades, go for it. Totally go for it.
If it is a job that seems like a once-in-a-liftime thing, then take the job. But if it is in such a manner that you can continue in college, then a degree might help you excell further in this job while working at it. If you feel that you can achieve both, then the best of luck to you and congratulations!
I would definitly try to work at the same time if possible... that would really give you a boost if the company that wants to hire you is the field you are going and you should really seize that chance! I just whish that happened to me... I don't like my current job...