How to Navigate a Career

Take It From Me: Recap | Session 4

Do you have questions about what it takes to succeed in the design field? Want to hear first hand from professionals about their experience in the design field?

Photos courtesy of Carly Hagins

Photos courtesy of Carly Hagins


For the fourth session of our #TiFM series, we held a speed-dating styled event allowing students and emerging designers to sit and talk with professional designers. Attendees were able to ask professionals questions, hear about their career paths, discover their process, and learn from their mistakes and successes.

Thanks again to our awesome team of mentors who came to spend time and answer questions:

  • Mat Budelman Evertrue

  • Zak Jensen Harvard Art Museum

  • George Restrepo Northeastern University

  • Astrid Chow Isobar U.S.

  • Shoshana Eidelman Freelance / Growth Spark

  • Andrew Barresi Roll Barresi & Associates, Inc.

  • Greg Gonyea Northeatern University & Media Collaborative

  • Julie Maguire Velir

  • Jamie Lee Connor Consumer Focus Marketing / Girl Develop It

  • Sam Pitino Small Army

  • Steven Trevathan DockYard, LLC

  • Ira Cummings Arnold Worldwide

  • Nick Di Stefano OneBeacon

Photos courtesy of Carly Hagins

Photos courtesy of Carly Hagins


Comments from Reviewers

I was really happy to have the opportunity to participate. It’s often difficult to figure out the best way to begin a practice in design, with so many different entry points. Seeking out advice and hearing about others’ paths along their career is the best way to find your own way. Having AIGA facilitate the connections of designers within the community is a huge service that really brings to light one of the ways that we can give back while also growing our profession.

Ira Cummings, mentor

The Take it From Me Event is a great opportunity to give back to the community. I enjoy participating in this event every time. It’s a rare opportunity to offer advice to up and coming creatives or folks who are looking to change gears. The speed dating format keeps it interesting for those who are looking for advice because you can get varied insight from so many different perspectives in a short time. This should happen more often.

George Restrepo, mentor

Thanks to the Microsoft NERD Center for being our host for the event.

Follow AIGA Boston for news on upcoming events this summer for our next programming year and the return of #TiFM next Fall.

Photos courtesy of Carly Hagins

Photos courtesy of Carly Hagins


About Take it From Me

Take it From Me is an event series organized by AIGA Boston giving students and emerging professionals the opportunity to interact with established professionals in the design field. This initiative will encourage engagement and discussion through a range of events — including workshops, panel discussions, roundtables, lectures, networking events, studio tours, online activities, etc. — that address different aspects of the design discipline.

These events will provide newer designers the opportunity to ask questions, seek advice, and participate in career development focused activities, while giving established designers the opportunity to support the emerging design community. The Take it From Me series will create a structure that is self-perpetuating, providing tools and support for younger designers to develop rewarding careers and become tomorrow’s leaders.

Read about our last session, Take it From Me: How to Make a Great Impression.

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Nick Di Stefano