Junior IxD Looking for Mentor?? Are you out there?
14 Jul 2010 - 11:50am
5 years ago
I've tried going through the system here to get a mentor but have found it to be unsuccessful, so I figured I'd try my luck with you all on the discussion board.
I read the board every once and a while and it seems as though there are great people here who could effectively serve as mentors so I would be so appreciative of your help and guidance - even if that meant an email once and a while.
I have a management consulting background and have been working on web projects for the past year. I have a grounded knowledge of XHTML/CSS, Photoshop Design for mockups, and of course Site Architecture and Wireframes. I very much want to land a junior level position somewhere to help advance my career with a team of IxDs that could help bring me up to their level, but the market has been tough for juniors lately. One experienced designer told me that in good times I'd be hired no problem, but these are not necessarily good times. I've also learned that my business background would be great in this field...but I realize it is going to take a while before companies really see that demand coming through for IxDs with business savvy vs. let's take a very technical person and teach them to be a business thinker. Of course landing a job right now would be great, but the most important thing to me is continually looking for project opportunities to increase my expertise and seeking ways to improve myself as an IxD and a networker.
Granted I live in NYC so I figure there MUST be people on IXDA living in NYC that would be willing to meet with me for coffee to answer some of my questions, review my work quickly, and just give me general advice about improving my expertise and networking with other IxDs. So if you would be interested, certainly shoot me an email.