Landing Your First Design Job

Join us in this free workshop where you’ll learn strategies for finding, applying, and landing your first job in the creative industry. Participate in an engaging session from two unique perspectives: First, a recent graduate shares her experience landing a dream position at a top branding + design agency. And second, the creative recruiter who hired her shares why and how this candidate stood out from the rest.

Learn tips and tricks for preparing a stand-out portfolio, unpacking job descriptions, researching companies, and interviewing with confidence.

The link to the Zoom conference will be sent out to you via email a day before the event and again the afternoon of the event.

This is a free event. Donations are welcome and will go to support student scholarships and ongoing programming for our creative community.


About Emily Gorski

Emily Gorski is a designer currently working at VSA Partners in Chicago. As a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago Emily has a unique perspective about interviewing and applying for creative positions.

While working at VSA Partners she has worked on clients like Google, YWCA Chicago and Salesforce. This work includes corporate brand expressions, UI and motion.

Her interest in creating resources for the next creative generation has motivated her to become involved in AIGA Chicago.

Emily currently is an Education Chair and member of the board of directors for AIGA Chicago.

About Alyssa Kasal

Alyssa is a talent acquisition professional and founder of career development community + service, Deux Work. After a short stint in copywriting, she spent 8+ years significantly impacting growth in creative recruiter and talent lead roles by helping build diverse, strategic teams for agencies in Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco and beyond.

She is currently residing in the arctic community of Minneapolis with her Morkie, Rhubarb.


Event Schedule

6:00–6:05 p.m. CST: Attendees arrive

6:05–6:10 p.m. CST: Introduction

6:10–6:45 p.m. CST: Presentation

6:45–7:00 p.m. CST: Q&A


Special Accommodations

If you need special accommodations for this event please contact Kelly 2 weeks prior to the event at


Code of Conduct

By registering to attend this event, you agree to abide by AIGA Chicago Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct may be found here.


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Special thanks to Emily Gorski, Alyssa Kasal, Jo-Nell Sieren and Kelli Evans for planning this event and to Emily Gorski at VSA Partners for designing the event graphics.

When & Where
Tue, Mar 2, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST