RealWorld DesignWeek (RWDW) is the annual nationwide student mentoring program created by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) in 2008. The career development-mentoring program offers a unique and exclusive one-on-one experience that pairs ASID student members with ASID interior designers and industry members.
RWDW is the first cohesive, national program aimed at educating future interior designers through in-person experience. It empowers students to succeed in the industry and build relationships with the design community, and provides them with the tools to jump-start their careers. This program is exclusive to ASID members and is at no cost to registrants.
RWDW traditionally takes place across the country in all 48 Chapters in early November. This year’s event will take place during the week of November 2 – 8, 2014. Participation in RealWorld DesignWeek is flexible, and if designers and IPs cannot host a shadow day during RealWorld DesignWeek, they are encouraged to host one during the window of October 1 to November 30.
Visit asid.org/rwdw for more information and to sign up.
Besides the event website, information about this valuable event is available through many national marketing efforts, press releases, and the ASID Texas Chapter Facebook page, as well as the Society’s pages/groups on the following social networking sites: ASID Students & Emerging Professionals Facebook Page, ASID Facebook Page, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.
“Something I think is important for practitioners to understand is how easy it is to work a student visit into your schedule. I’ve found that students just want to see and experience what you are doing on a minute-by-minute, day-to-day basis. They want to understand a little bit better what a firm accomplishes in a day or a week or a month, and any insight we can give them into that process is very welcome and appreciated. The nice thing is that being a mentor isn’t a difficult thing. You don’t have to plan every moment of an activity, it is really just giving students a window into your day as an interior designer.”
–Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID – RealWorld DesignWeek Participant