As promised, I'm writing a
blog entry about my experience at last week's Industry Day. In sum, it was
awesome. There were so many companies here on Thursday! There were local
companies like Partners + Napier as well as huge national firms like R/GA, Crispin
Porter + Bogusky, and Big Spaceship, to name a few. I got the opportunity to
talk to a lot of different people and receive feedback on my portfolio. Here
are some tips for future Industry Day-goers:
1. Know who you want to talk to before you go. It helps to know which companies you're interested in before you walk into the gym, as it can be a little overwhelming walking onto a scene of 100+ companies and hundreds of students. We all received a list of the companies that would be here so plan ahead and do some research on the companies you're interested in.
2. B.Y.O.P. (Bring your own portfolio.) Recruiters will want to see what you can do! Whether you bring a printed book or your computer, make sure you have your best work easily accessible.
3. Take as may web classes as you can. The future is in the web and companies want to see that you know how it works, how to design for it, and how to be competitive in this digital day and age. Do yourself a favor and be as prepared as possible by learning as much as you can!
4. Look nice. This tip is pretty self-explanatory. While the art and design world has a typically less-strict dress code compared with other professions, you still need to look presentable. So make sure you brush your hair, brush your teeth, and don't wear shorts or flip-flops! If you have to ask if something is appropriate, chances are it’s not.
5. Have fun! This last tip is very important. Unless you're a senior and are desperately searching for a job, you should be so excited about Industry Day! Major, major companies all come here to meet students. All you have to do is show up, look nice, and smile! Take advantage of the amazing opportunity by meeting as many people as you can and learning as much as you can from them!