Career Day Students...Connect. Impress. Get Hired.

In 2020, more than 75 employers from across the nation paid for the privilege to have face-to-face time with you. Typically in late February, Career Day is a day-long event for all students in the college…whether you’re ready for that first “real” job, looking for an internship or a younger student seeking advice from professionals.

For 2021, we will be VIRTUAL.

HANDSHAKE will be the platform, so please make sure you have a profile ready for yourself.(check out this Starter Guide)

Firms will be setting up both 30-minute “Get to know us” group sessions as well as one-on-one interview sessions.  You will get to attend both types for as many firms as you can reach that day.

You will upload your documents into TWO places: Into Handshake and onto the Academic Server.  Please review this document on how to upload your documents

Student registration for Career Day will begin on February 12th.

In advance of Career Day, we offer portfolio preparation workshops, resume and cover letter writing sessions and mock interviews with local alumni. You’ll be ready to connect, impress and get hired.

Career Day Prep for Students

Make room in your schedule to attend workshops and sessions to prepare for Career Day. You’ll learn how to create a professional portfolio and design sheets and write a professional resume and cover letter, and you can practice being interviewed and receive immediate feedback from local alumni.

THIS FRIDAY, January 22, 2021 // 12-1 PM

Portfolio Preparation Overview with Diane Fox // Diane will present guidelines for preparing a portfolio of design work

Meeting ID: 996 8985 7540

 

THURSDAY, February 4, 2021 // 1-4 PM

Feedback Sessions // One-on-one feedback on your personal documents: resume, cover letters, design sheets

Sign up here for timeslot

 

 

TUESDAY, February 9, 2021 // 4:04 – 5:25 (During Professional Practice class)

Panel Discussion with young alumni // What to ask, what to expect, what to prepare

 

THURSDAY, February 18, 2021 // 1-4 PM

Feedback Sessions // One-on-one feedback on your personal documents: resume, cover letters, design sheets

Sign up here for timeslot

 

 

TUESDAY, February 23, 2021 // 4:04 – 5:25 (During Professional Practice class)

Tips & Tricks  // How to make the most of Career Day

 

 

Reminder emails will be sent out with additional information/zoom links so keep an eye on your email! If additional opportunities arise, I will be sure to let you know.

 

We bring the professionals to YOU; your job is to prepare and participate.

Even if you’re not ready for a “real” job, plan to attend Career Day to talk to professionals about the challenges and opportunities in the profession and to seek advice for your future.

Sample Interview Questions

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • How would others describe you?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What interests you about this job?
  • Are you overqualified for this job?
  • Why are you the best person for this job?
  • What challenges are you looking for in a position?

 

What is a “design sheet?”

Design Sheets–sometimes called work samples, work sheets, project sheets, project pages, excerpts, leave-behinds–are significantly edited versions of projects found in your portfolio.  Each sheet (or spread) should showcase a few (2-4) key drawings/renderings/details/diagrams of the project, leaving the employer wanting to see more.  Your selection of edited projects should give the employer a clear idea of your skill sets (e.g. excellent detailer, great rendering skills, clear line drawings, etc.) and design capabilities.  Your sheets should contain, at minimum, the following information:

  • Your name
  • Title of Project
  • Year / Studio Critic
  • BRIEF paragraph describing the project
  • 2-4 images

The format of your design sheet should have the same graphic identity as your comprehensive portfolio (e.g. color scheme, fonts, etc.) and can use images/drawings from the same collection of content (e.g. the perspective section can be used in both the project sheet and the portfolio).

Consider these sheets as a teaser/trailer to your larger collection of work (a.k.a. your portfolio).  Employers will spend approximately one minute when reviewing your documents (resume, design sheets, cover letter). These sheets are there to convince them that you are worth interviewing!  They want to see more!

Below are samples of design sheets.  In general they offer insight into what you should be preparing to upload to the server before Career Day.  Take note that some of the samples combine letter, resume and work samples into one PDF.  We want you to upload individual PDFs for all three of those components.

  • Sample #1 – Excellent example.
  • Sample #2 – This is a very good example of clear, distinct projects.
  • Sample #3 – An example showing only three projects.  Lots of white space.
  • Sample #4 – One page per project.  Clear format. Very straightforward.
  • Sample #5 – This shows what a 2-sheet project, a 1-sheet project, and a 2-projects/sheet looks like.
  • Sample #6 – A little more lengthy than the others but clear and manageable.