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The first Career Xpress event, Portfolio Prep, a hit with students!

Emerging Professionals packed the house at the Career Xpress (CX1) Portfolio Prep event that took place on November 15. Amanda Stellings, a fourth-year student at Sheridan College, had this to say:

“Attending CX1: Portfolio Prep was an excellent way to learn about the hiring process from professionals in the design industry. Resume-building techniques were presented in a fresh and insightful way that surpassed my expectations! As a fourth year student, I have been lectured on this topic from faculty and career centre professionals, and I was still surprised at how little I knew about the hiring process of large design firms.

“As for the panel discussion, it was a candidly honest session that allowed students and interns to experience the diverse (and blunt!) opinions of interior designers from different firms.

“The evening ended with a review of portfolios, at various levels of completion, submitted by student volunteers. I thought this was one of the most educational parts of the presentation. It shed new light onto my own portfolio and gave me ideas on how to make improvements. I left the Haworth showroom with my mind swirling with ideas and eager to enter this field of work!”

CX is a three-part ARIDO GTA series designed to help students and recent grads acquire the skills to help them stand out to potential employers. Here’s a look at what’s coming up next:

CX2: Appetite for Design - January, 2015
You will be taken on an exciting tour of the newly-opened space followed by an inspiring dinner with the design team.

CX3: Portfolio Review - March, 2015
Meet with Registered interior designers in a quick-paced, “speed-dating” format and get valuable feedback to help you prepare a stand-out portfolio for job interviews.

National Industry Partners
Knoll Interface Architex Altex Hunter Doulgas Caesarstone Canada
Shaw Contract Cosentino Mohawk Group Lauzon Arconas Midgley
Williams Sonoma For The Trade PC350 keilhauer Benjamin Moore Samsung Levey Industries