Monica De Angelis, IIDA Manager of Student Member Relations and Activities, recently spoke at the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter’s Student Conference Feb. 24 in Houston where she discussed the ins and outs of entering competitions and how it can boost your portfolio and promote your resume. Check out some of her advice.
What are the benefits of entering a design competition?
- Practice: Take your project out of the classroom and into a real world setting. It builds your portfolio and gives it credibility. Preparing for a competition forces you to organize, document, and articulate your value and message.
- Exposure: Promote your work and yourself to key industry professionals. Competitions provide opportunities for emerging professionals to be recognized for their fresh ideas and a platform to showcase their work. If you do win you can create a social media strategy that will draw attention to the story by sending and cross-referencing the news via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, your blog and website, as well through the competition sponsors and by the press.
- Opportunity: Winning a competition can help you gain the attention of potential employers, land new clients or get a promotion. Plus, the award money never hurts.
Looking for some great examples of winning projects? Check out the winners from this year’s Student Sustainable Design Competition.
Want more reasons to enter a design competition? Continue the conversation on LinkedIn with design professionals who have offered their advice.