IDSA’s northeast conferences are comming up. Every year they have the presentations from each school’s merit award winners. But I wanted to know how this awards is viewed in the professional community.
any pros out there care to comment.
how does a nomination for this award look on a resume?
I don’t knowhow true it is, but someone on here once said something to the effect of -
a merit award winner from a somewhat reputable school would generally atleast get a first interview at most places.
from what I’ve heard from others, different schools have different approaches as to how they go about choosing a merit award winner.
one of my coworkers was simply picked by the faculty at her school then asked to submit her presentation later.
at my school everyone interested submitted a presentation, faculty picked 3-4 finalists who then presented for a group of about 5 professionals who then chose the winner.
-most of our schools finalists make some mention of it on their resume
1- It forces you to organize your work before you graduate.
2- You get to practice talking about your work in front of a group of pros.
3- If you win, you get to put it on your resume.
4- You then get to present again in front of an even larger group of pros at the regional level.
5- If you win at the regional level, your work and NAME are now in front of many more pros at the National IDSA confernce.
So, even if you hate IDSA, it makes sense to give it a try. If you participate in the merit awards, you and your work have been seen by more people than if you did not try. Plus, being able to talk about your work in front of a large group makes an interview seem small and easy.
IDSA is about connections and support for Designers. Use it.
Merit award was a good thing in my case. I represented my school at the Northeastern conference in 2005. Didn’t win, but whatever…at the end of the night I presented I had an interview set up and several leads( didn’t get the job, but people saw my work). Because I was from NY state, Copesetic paid for me and all of the other Merit award kids from NY state to go to the National IDSA conference (I wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise)…and at the National conference I met even more people and as a result of it all I work at a place that I love.
I’m not amazing, so I needed all the help I could get to find a good job, and Merit award helped out A LOT.
Good thing you mentioned the process. At San Jose State, the jerk who runs the program picks the Merit Award winner all by himself, no input whatsoever from anyone. The guy is a tirant control-freak and the only way to be selected is to be his pet.