Prepare for your future as a designer with AIGA Iowa’s eighth annual Get a Job Boot Camp. First-time job seekers, internship-hunters, and soon-to-be-graduates will learn how to succeed in today’s challenging job market from seasoned design professionals and receive valuable feedback during a portfolio review session.
AIGA Member: $10 (includes lunch)
Nonmember: $60 (includes lunch + 1 year AIGA Contributor level membership)
**Registration closes Thursday, February 25**
FFA Enrichment Center, Rooms 208 & 209
Des Moines Area Community College Campus
9:15 – 9:45 a.m. - Registration
9:45 – 10 a.m. - Welcome + Icebreaker
10 – 10:30 a.m. - The job-hunting technique you don't learn in school: social media
What do you need to know to leverage social media in your job hunt? How can LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Behance, and Facebook make or break the deal when it comes to searching for jobs, being noticed by employers ... and getting the job offer?
Speakers: Grace Wenzel and Tabitha Jameson, Social Media Strategists for Happy Medium
10:30 - 11 a.m. - Design Your Life: Getting Work and Getting Paid
Learn the ins-and-outs of the traditional job hunt from the President and Creative Director of one of the Midwest’s best marketing and design agencies. You will learn the What-To-Dos and What-Not-To-Dos when looking for jobs, landing an interview, handling in-person and telephone interviews, and finally getting that long-desired offer letter.
Speaker: Sally Cooper Smith, President and Creative Director, Cooper Smith and Company
11 - 11:15 a.m. - Break
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. - Panel of Professionals Discuss job hunting experiences with professionals who have found their career paths in untraditional ways. It is not always the perfect resume or cover letter that lands you the job (though that helps!). It could be volunteering, networking, persistence, internships. Find out about the roads less traveled towards success.
David Baeza, Junior Graphic Designer at Flynn Wright
Zach Kern, Co-Founder & Art Director of myTown Magazines
Edward Cupps, User Experience Manager at Workiva
Alex Karei, Marketing Director at Webspec Design
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
Mix it up and talk with fellow students from surrounding area colleges and several local design professionals.
12:45 – 1 p.m. Break
1 – 2:45 p.m. Portfolio Reviews
Discuss your portfolio 1-on-1 with up to three different local design professionals. Don’t have a portfolio? No big deal, just bring any work you have or participant in a small round table for a more informal Q&A.
2:45 – 3 p.m. - Closing + Prize Raffle
Call for Professionals: We are still looking for volunteers to review student portfolios from 1-3 p.m. Free lunch at 11:45 a.m. included. Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org