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Mentorship Pilot Program

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February 13, 2015

Mentorship Pilot Program gathering at Think Tank

On February 10, the AIGA Maine Mentorship Program kicked-off with a gathering at Think Tank in downtown Portland. The three-month program will pair emerging designers with seasoned professionals to share their experiences in the field and learn from one another.

Education Director, Samantha Haedrich, believes mentoring can help engage a growing number of young design professionals who are staying in the area after graduation. “AIGA is pleased to offer this opportunity to connect designers at different stages in their career and spark new relationships that will strengthen our community. We are thrilled by the response so far and hope this is a foundation for similar programs in the future.”

During the evening, each mentor and mentee had a chance to get to know each other and discuss their expectations for the weeks ahead. A few volunteers shared their goals which included; learning how to advocate for yourself at work, navigating freelance, giving portfolio feedback and discussing long-term professional goals.

Participants include designers from a number of local firms including 50 FISH, Liquid Wireless, Pulp+Wire and Simmons Ardell. Sarah McLean, a junior designer at Might & Main, said she decided to join the program because, “The AIGA Mentorship program is a great opportunity to better my design process. I’m really interested in learning new strategies for sequencing and scheduling design tasks during my work day.” Mentor and mentees will meet regularly between now and May.

We thank our sponsor Maine College of Art. If you are interested in helping to sponsor this program, please contact our Secretary, Jaime Steed:

If you are interested in participating in the future as a mentor or mentee, please contact Education Director, Samantha Haedrich for more information:

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