Career tips for a high-schooler

27 Feb 2008 - 9:58am
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Michael Micheletti
2006

List friends,

A high-school sophomore with an interest in a software design career will be
job-shadowing me Friday as part of a career day assignment. Any tips I
should pass along about education or breaking into the business would be
welcomed. I'm especially curious to hear from designers or design students
on this list who are just now starting out about what is working (or not)
for you. Thank you on behalf of my visitor,

Michael Micheletti

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27 Feb 2008 - 10:28am
Scott Cobban
2007

When I started getting into HTML and CSS coding more seriously in 2006, I
found various blogs to be extremely helpful. I know this isn't really
groundbreaking advice, but it's great to be able to refer to those
especially since the good ones are up to date. While the information that
blogs present doesn't always fit into your methodology, it can at least
introduce you to a new way of thinking, causing what you "know" and
hopefully solidifying your understanding of not only how to do something but
why.

- Scott

27 Feb 2008 - 1:10pm
ELISABETH HUBERT
2007

One thing I'd be sure to mention is how important it is for our
profession to "think" like others. So although the basic knowledge
is SUPER important I'd pass on how you interact and work with
non-design partners. Hope this helps!!

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27 Feb 2008 - 1:53pm
achong
2006

Get them thinking about creative and critical thinking. Right now
he/she is being inundated and drilled with memorization techniques.
Allow them to realize that there are a variety of ways to learn. Esp
for a future design career they'll need to start opening and playing
with these different learning methods.

On Wed, 27 Feb 2008 11:10:43, ELISABETH HUBERT <ehubert22 at gmail.com> wrote:
> One thing I'd be sure to mention is how important it is for our
> profession to "think" like others. So although the basic knowledge
> is SUPER important I'd pass on how you interact and work with
> non-design partners. Hope this helps!!
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27 Feb 2008 - 2:15pm
Dan Saffer
2003

Learn to draw and sketch. And, dare I say it, maybe code.

This will help get them into a good design school, where that skill
will be (hopefully) refined and combined with problem solving and
additional design skills.

Dan

27 Feb 2008 - 2:26pm
Andrei Herasimchuk
2004

On Feb 27, 2008, at 12:15 PM, Dan Saffer wrote:

> Learn to draw and sketch. And, dare I say it, maybe code.

I think Hell just froze over. 8^)

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Andrei Herasimchuk

Principal, Involution Studios
innovating the digital world

e. andrei at involutionstudios.com
c. +1 408 306 6422

29 Feb 2008 - 8:03pm
Michael Micheletti
2006

Thanks guys for the good tips. My job-shadow session went well today. My
high-school student came prepared with good questions and took serious notes
about design school recommendations courtesy of this list. I had to get busy
for a bit on a project and suggested he grab a design book to read from the
shelf. Next time I looked up he was halfway through Understanding Comics by
Scott McCloud.

Might've set the hook in this one - a profession that involves drawing
pictures, textbooks in comic format, good pay, and a high-end coffee robot
in the kitchen was looking pretty appealing to him. He suggested we trade
places, but when I told him what sort of math grade to expect he changed his
mind.

If you ever get invited to host a curious youngling for a day do give it a
try. Was pretty fun. All the best,

Michael Micheletti

2 Mar 2008 - 11:34am
Dave Malouf
2005

This just came through my blogsphere.
A design camp for young adults/HS age.

It is in Toronto.

http://www.dx.org/alerts/campsalert/index.html

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