New this year to the International Conference is the IDSA Career Center—scheduled from 10 am to 4pm on Thursday, August 18 in the Design Gallery. The Career Center will host a variety of activities aimed at helping designers best position themselves in today’s competitive job market.
A morning panel session will feature representatives from four prominent design firms and consultancies speaking on what they look for in design talent and what makes applicants stand out from the crowd. A presentation by Angela Yeh, IDSA, will focus on what design firms can do to attract and nurture a top innovation team. A networking lunch will follow featuring design experts hosting table talk discussions covering a variety of topics such as resume reviews; interview preparation; and networking skills. The two-hour, ever-popular portfolio review—co-sponsored by Core77—takes place in the early afternoon. Then, participants can roll up their sleeves to join a sketching workshop with Jeff Smith, IDSA, of Autodesk.