BECAUSE OF AIGA ...

AIGA

 

This project was created by:
Bill Klingensmith
AIGA UPSTNY - Past President | Current Member

Jeff Barlow
AIGA Seattle - Past President | Current Member

Networking, Communication, Opportunity, Job

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AIGA Houston is what got me a job in Seattle. Confused? You’ve heard every professional say that networking is viable to getting a good job. I took networking to the extreme. I moved to Houston after I graduated from a college in Arkansas of May 09, and I because my college lacked an AIGA chapter, I wanted to be affiliated with the Houston chapter as soon as I could. I attended the monthly board meeting, said administrative work was my real interest, and asked to be on the board. I entered the position of social media coordinator.

About a month later, I went to visit Seattle, and knew that I was home. I packed and left for Seattle, but still wanted to be involved on the board. I still performed my responsibilities by networking with Houston chapter members, and one day by pure luck, asked one of my contacts (who I had established a solid professional relationship with), if he had any contacts in Seattle. He had one, and she happened to be leaving her job (executive assistant). I contacted her directly, said I was interested, arranged a time to meet, and surpassed over 200 other applicants to be put in the top 6 applicants.

I had no office experience whatsoever but was hired based on the contributions I could make to the office in terms of design and marketing.

My extensive networking paid off, and because of it I got a job in Seattle during a recession, and I know 100% that it is because of AIGA, and the contacts I have made through it.

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My design program wasn’t very effective. I wanted to progress as a designer and learn as much of the industry as I could before graduation.  AIGA’s resources gave me a better understanding of what to expect upon graduation, how I could better present my portfolio, and be a better communicator when discussing design with individuals who aren’t design savvy. Everything about AIGA has benefited me so far, and I look forward to utilizing its endless amount of resources as my career progresses.

Catherine Ozols | Houston

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