A starting digital designer will start with verification to learn about the syntax and the difference between behavioural and synthesizable code. As a verification engineer you will see testbench and RTL code and you will learn howto become a designer. It is the usual growth curve.
Hardware and software advisor for tech startups. ASIC, FPGA, RPi, Arduino, AI, robots, drones, blockchain, Machine learning, vision processing, IoT and 3D printers are my fields of expertise.