03.02.15 / AGDA Mentor Programs / Guidance and Development

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The AGDA Mentor Program was initiated in 2002 — running every year since then — to provide industry support to graphic design students. The Mentor Program provides a flexible alternative to work experience, which many professionals find difficult to support.

Last year, AGDA ran a successful Mentor Program, with the creative, self-motivated student participants broadening their knowledge of the graphic design industry by working alongside experienced industry professionals.

Past mentors have included AGDA Design Awards Distinction winners, AGDA National board members, and AGDA Design Awards Jurors.

It’s not just the students who can get help if they need it, though — last year, The AGDA Mentorship Program for professionals was initiated. This mentorship program is dedicated to bringing together experienced designers with those that may need help, advice, or experience.

The Program promotes and nurtures the sharing of real-world skills and the benefits of a design network to its members. This program is offered to mid-weight or experienced designers who feel they could benefit from a more advanced and real-world type of mentorship.

The AGDA Mentorship Program is only available to designers with at least three years of industry experience.

This type of professional-level mentorship is tailored to provide participants advice and training for issues relating to those currently employed, seeking advancement within the industry, or even starting their own practice. Topics have, in the past, included — but were not limited to — business development, accounting and administration, legal issues, working practices, leadership, and inter-personal skills.

Past mentors have included AGDA Design Awards Distinction winners, AGDA National board members, and AGDA Design Awards Jurors. These mentors have worked with clients of the highest calibre: Nike, BMW, Channel 7, Microsoft, Nokia, Qantas, Nickelodeon, Virgin Media, and the BBC.  

AGDA plans to expand both the student program and the professional program in the future, so keep your eyes peeled for further news on this subject — you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.

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