IIDA Carolina Chapter Portfolio Review

March 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

The IIDA Carolina Chapter Portfolio Review in Colfax, North Carolina at Alfred Williams was most definitely a valuable use of my time. Getting the chance to talk to different design professionals about my portfolio, resume and cover letter was beneficial in many ways. This experience helped me realize that every professional designer looks for certain skills in which we (as future designers) possess. Further, potential employers have preferences regarding organization, process work, software diversity and hierarchy. Another key takeaway was to dress professionally, but also to be mindful that our “look” should represent each of our individual styles as designers. When we were not meeting with professionals on an individual basis we were able to go to different design forums. Forums were presented with discussions on residential design, commercial design and product design throughout the event. These forums offered an informal way to ask questions to professionals in order to help us gain knowledge in understanding the design world post graduation. This experience as a whole was propitious and useful, especially since the majority of us were [3rd] year students and will continue to have our portfolios evolve as we grow as designers. I was fortunate enough to take part in this event increasing my networking skills through building new relationships with design professionals. I hope to attend next years portfolio review as a [4th] year!

Contributed by Alanea Kriete [3rd] year

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