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Creative Industry Day/Portfolio Reviews

Portfolio Reviews | Professional Networking | Career Speakers

March 29, 2018



Creative Industry Day in the Field HouseCreative Industry Day is an event for creatives by creatives: portfolio reviews, career speakers, and professional networking. This event brings experts (many of them alumni) from various creative fields with advice to help you launch your own career. It is an amazing opportunity to talk with professionals about their industry and make valuable connections that may lead to improved self-promotion and potential job opportunities.

RIT Creative Industry Day is geared towards CIAS students and other majors interested in working in the creative industry open to RIT students and alumni.Open to RIT students and alumni only. Bring RIT ID to check in. No need to register. 

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Read through this essential Creative Industry Day Essential Guide (PDF)

Here is the Official Student CID Packet -- list of companies and the schedule of the day (PDF)

  • Get your Portfolio ready! Ask for feedback from your professors to get is just right.
  • Update your resume. A resume can serve as a great leave-behind and a quick way for the reviewer to remember you. If you need your resume critiqued, contact your career services coordinator in the Office of Career Services. Call 475-2301 if you wish to make an appointment. Don't wait until the last minute!
  • Look Through the List of Companies and Reviewers

RIT JOB ZONE Complete list of companies/agencies is in Job Zone, login through our student page, under 'events' select Creative Industry Day. You will find list of participants, profiles, areas of specialization/majors of interest, if actively scouting for talent or just reviewing work. This info will help you plan your strategy for the day. 

OFFICIAL APP: Just before the event on March 17th, you can use the CareerFair Plus app. Find Career Fair Plus at the App Store or Google play, scroll until you find the one for RIT. This allows you to have event information on your phone.

  • Download and read (!) the Essential Guide to Creative Industry Day -- it will be emailed to you.

Portfolio SiteStudent Portfolio button

Want to give industry people the chance to preview your work? Register here  to have your work included in the official Creative Industry Student Portfolio Site 2017.

You may get looked at prior to the event and also by industry folks who may be unable to attend this year's event -- it is great exposure. Check out our Portfolio Preparation page if you need to know how to get started. 

 Event Schedule

Pre-event Company Presentations March 29, 2017

Come and see company representatives, their work, and what they look for -- a great way to get an inside look into the industry. All creative types are welcome to attend. 

Helios March 29, 2017
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM, 76-1125
Hilary Dennis, Creative Director
An experience design studio based in San Francisco specializes in building engaging, interactive experiences for consumers in the events and retail channels.

AKQA March 29, 2017
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM, 76-1125
Kyle Beikirch, Principal Creative Developer
A digital agency based in San Francisco. AKQA's influential work is recognized worldwide for its pioneering approach, continuing to define and lead the industry.

Instrument March 29, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 76-1125
Ryan Kiley, Designer
Instrument is an independent digital creative agency in Portland, Oregon. We build digital brands, experiences and campaigns for every screen.

After School App March 30, 2017
9:30 - 10:20, Webb Auditorium
After School is an anonymous social network, currently targeting high school students. Millions of high schoolers use the app to share and connect with friends at their schools. Students in more than 85% of U.S. high schools, use After School. After School was built to create social change, and is dedicated to improving the lives of users and their communities while providing an enjoyable and safe place to share with others.

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Expert Speakers

Sean Petterson

Sean Petterson, 2017 Key Note Speaker

 Key Note Speaker 11 am - 12 pm
“Carving Your Own Career Path” with Sean Petterson CEO, StrongArm Technologies, Inc. RIT '13 Industrial Design Alum
Recognized in 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30
Featured in Rochester Institute of Technology's Design Autopsy, an annual exhibition highlighting the depth and breadth of achievement by Industrial Design alumni.

Workplace injuries cost the United States $250 billion dollars per year - and the costs seem to be rising. One of the main culprits of the hefty costs are workplace back injuries, which are estimated to cost $120 billion dollars a year, averaging more than $65,000 per incident.

Based on experience with family members working strenuous blue collar jobs, and recognizing that the manufacturing worker - the backbone of the industrial economy - rarely receives the training and support they need to ensure proper lifting mechanics, Sean acted.

Sean began his journey molding carbon fiber braces with a hair dryer in his apartment at RIT, and has devoted every moment since to the science of ergonomics, and building a series of products - ErgoSkeletons -  to address on-site issues and mitigate the risk of musculoskeletal injury.

Working with scientists, engineers, ergonomists and software developers, it continues with laser focus on more accurate data collection and real-time safety intervention. Saving workers the pain, and organizations the financial impact, of imperfect industrial environments.

 Career Panel   Noon-1 pm "How To Succeed In The Creative Industry"
Many factors go into a winning formula for success. But what are they? Get invaluable nuggets of advice from professionals who put it all together for you – a strong portfolio and resume, useful network of contacts, effective self-promotion, current skills, good work habits, and more. Plus Q & A.

Devin Roberts, FP Staff Designer, Fisher-Price.
Ben McChesney, Chief Technical Officer/Managing Partner at Helios Interactive Technologies. RIT New Media Design '10
Jessie Palasek, Senior Digital Resource Manager, MullenLowe
Barry Strauber, CEO of RISING/Co-founder Carlson Co-Work, RIT Adjunct Professor
Wyatt Savarese, Producer, The Mill

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Portfolio Reviews | Networking | Opportunities
1 pm - 6 pm

Getting that job is inevitably going to come down to your work. Get feedback on your portfolio from a working designer, photographer, or artist. Learn how to showcase your work most effectively to a prospective employer or client. 

This is an informal atmosphere where you can learn about the skills required for success in the industry, what career paths are available, and get feedback on your work. This is your opportunity to meet and talk with industry leaders.

It is up to you to bring your work in a format that is easy to review -- laptop, tablet, print version. Read our Portfolio Preparation article for more info. Do bring copies of your resumes or a leave behind for companies who have indicated they are actively scouting talent.

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Planning/Invitations to Companies

Invitations have gone out to hundreds of contacts in a wide variety of studios, and companies related to the creative industry. We are happy to add organizations or individuals to our invitation list. Feel free to email us by January 1st with contact/company suggestions and we will include them. Use "Suggestion for Creative Industry Day" in the subject line. (Do be realistic and invitation does not necessarily mean they will attend).

This event is sponsored by the RIT Office of Career Services in collaboration with College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Golisano College of Computing and Alumni Relations.