IDSA Career Center

IDSA is debuting an exciting new way for designers of all experience levels to get the boost they need to start a career; transition to a higher or new position; solidify their skills; and much more. The IDSA Career Center will premiere at the IDSA International Conference 2016. The Career Center is scheduled from 10 am to 4pm on Thursday, August 18 in the Design Gallery at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. 

A morning panel session will feature representatives from prominent design firms such as TEAGUE and Astro Studios, and global companies such as Newell Rubbermaid and PepsiCo. They'll reveal what they're looking for in design talent and what makes applicants stand out from the crowd. Design career experts Angela Yeh, IDSA, and Bob Schwartz, FIDSA, will share how firms and companies can attract and nurture a top innovation team. During a networking lunch, design experts will host table talk discussions on resume reviews; interview preparation; and networking skills.

The two-hour, ever-popular, Portfolio Review—co-sponsored by Core77—will take place in the early afternoon. Then, participants can roll up their sleeves to sharpen their design skills by joining a sketch workshop with Jeff Smith, IDSA, of Autodesk.

Here's the complete schedule:

10:00am       Welcome & Introduction  | IDSA Executive Director Daniel Martinage, CAE

10:15am       Panel Discussion | What Employer's Want | Moderated by Angela Yeh, IDSA, Yeh IDeology​

11:15am       How To Build an Innovation Team | Angela Yeh, IDSA, Yeh IDeology & Bob Schwartz, FIDSA, GE Healthcare

12:00pm       Lunch; table discussions and networking with RitaSue Siegel, RitaSue Siegel ResourcesBeth Anne Herrin, University of Cincinnati

1:00pm         Portfolio Review | Co-sponsored by Core77

3:00pm         Renew & Rebuild Your Sketch Skills | Jeff Smith, IDSA, Autodesk

Also debuting at the IDSA Career Center will be recruitment tables featuring information on prominent design firms and consultancies. Participants at the Career Center can meet informally with representatives at the recruitment tables to explore current and future job opportunities. A listing of firms hosting recruitment tables will be updated soon.

Representatives from graduate schools from across the country will also be on-hand to share information about how their advanced degree programs can help designers take their careers to the next level:

Remember, you don’t have to be in the job market to participate in the Career Center. Keeping your resume, portfolio and support materials current and polished is absolutely critical to enable you to move quickly when opportunities strike. And IDSA is offering an International Conference Day Pass to all design students for Thursday, August 18 for a reduced price of $199 (from $350) to take advantage of all the offerings at the Career Center. To qualify for this offer, simply select “Student Thursday Day Pass w/ Career Center” within International Conference registration (Student ID Required).

Contact Martinage with questions or comments about the Career Center at danielm@idsa.org.