We're doing things a little different this time. Each attendee will be asked to fill out a short survey to determine what kind of involvement they are most interested in. Groups will be divided into these categories:
• I’m looking for a new opportunity or job
• I’d like to participate in a group project
• I'd like to rework my portfolio
• I’m looking to be a better freelancer
• I’d like to get to know my creative peers better or just simply, hangout
Do any of these sound like the reason you'd be part of the Mentor program? Or do you have a different goal in mind?
During the kick-off, everyone will get 60 seconds to introduce themselves and you will have the opportunity to meet 79 other mentees and mentors. It's very important that you attend the kickoff to ensure you will be placed in one of the groups. Each group will meet every other Wednesday following the kickoff for 6 weeks (January 23, Feb 6+20, March 6+20, April 3) at locations to be decided by your group.
New to this session is the addition of Studio Tours. On your weeks off from your group meetings, there will be full program studio tours. Tours will be in addition to the Wednesday meetings each week. Everyone is invited to attend if they are interested (sometimes with a cap on numbers if the location is limited). Tours in the past have included VSA Partners, IDEO, designkitchen, 37signals and more. This is a great opporunity to get your foot in the door of your favorite Chicago firm.
This program is FREE and open to all AIGA members, as well as non-members who are interested in joining AIGA. Non-members can only be in the program once. If you were previously in the program and have not yet joined AIGA but would like to be part of the program again, please activate your membership by January 16th.
An enormous thank you to the Rational Park team for letting us use their space for the evening. Hope to see you all there!
Questions? Email Katherine firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a taste of a group's greatness from last session: http://moninavelarde.com/blog/2013/01/2013-calendar-aiga-mentor-program-project/