2021 Fall Mentor

Alyson Kayne (she/her)

Senior Graphic Designer at Olberding

Kickstarting Your Career

Working the System: From Job Search to Promotion

Can you “work the system” to get what you want and a promotion? Or, identify when it’s time to move on? Are you ready for your next career move but don’t know how to get there?

Join Senior Designer, Alyson Kayne, as she shares her experience working as a graphic designer in many different fields. She will discuss how she was able to adapt and rebrand her talent to fit new corporate molds.

Together, you will work to uncover what you are looking for in your next role and how to take the necessary steps to help you get there. This will be an interactive session where you will be able to ask questions, get feedback, and gain the tools you need to successfully land your next job or get the promotion you are looking for.

Hybrid Sessions (Remote & In-Person):
  • Microsoft Teams (Remote for 1st Session)
  • Potential to decide as a group on In-Person Sessions in West Loop, Chicago (In-Person)
All Levels:
  • Anyone looking for a job or thinking about career growth
  • Should have a portfolio or be working on a portfolio
Potential Mentor Topics:
  • What do you want out of your job/career? What are you good at and how can it inform your next career move?
  • Learn to identify if your current job isn’t working for you
  • Career goal setting in the context of your current company
  • How to start the job search process. Topics include: networking, research recommendations, and tips on staying organized
  • Tailoring your skills, resume/cover letter, and talking points to the job you want
  • Job application techniques: adapting your portfolio, interviewing tips/practice, negotiating and accepting/rejecting offers
Potential Takeaways:
  • Find clarity on what you want in your next job
  • Understand the step necessary to land your ideal job
  • Improvements to your resume, cover letter, and portfolio
  • Interviewing, networking, and negotiating confidence

Alyson is a Senior Graphic Designer at Olberding Brand Family. She’s done work for top brands like Pusheen, Disney, Hersey, Kellogg’s, Mondelez, and more. She has experience working in many fields including marketing, licensing, entertainment, product innovation, and package design. Alyson is excited to be a mentor this fall. She looks forward to helping fellow designers feel empowered in their career and achieve their professional goals. Fun Fact: She has traveled to over 27 countries.

Linkedin: Alyson Kayne

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