Designedin is an online community of faculty, alumni, students, and businesses working together to improve unemployment in design industry by providing design students with real-world projects and opportunities before graduation.
Recent college graduates are struggling to find jobs related to their degree and more than 44% of them across the U.S find themselves still unemployed twelve months after graduation. Design students are inherently conceptual and often need time after graduation to transition into the real-world market. We call this “Navigating the Bridge”. Students who are trapped on the bridge often end up accepting discouraging positions to gain knowledge of the real-world market, a situation which is earth-shatteringly unfair.
We believe integrating educational programs with professional work experience is key for preparing design students. Designedin is a bottom-up community that collects all the internal and external opportunities such as workshops, announcements and, most importantly, valuable real-world projects through a participatory model, by exposing students to customized opportunities they can discover their talents, gain real-world experience, connections, and ultimately get a firm footing on the ladder for the life after graduation.