This spring, members of the Altitude team participated in two portfolio reviews for design students at local universities.
On April 28, Matt Borrelli, director, design services, and Maura Brennan, junior designer, headed to Northampton Community College. There, Borrelli and Brennan provided feedback to students who were looking for professional feedback on how to enhance their portfolios.
A week later, on May 5, Borrelli, Brennan and Drew Frantzen, director, web services, traveled to Kutztown University to conduct their second round of reviews for Kutztown students.
This second event felt like a step back in time for Frantzen and Borrelli, both of whom earned their bachelor of fine arts degrees from Kutztown.
“I remember being a student and finding this kind of feedback and encouragement from professionals in the field to be incredibly helpful,” said Borrelli. “It’s such an important piece of the educational process; to hear from real-life, working designers on what might work in a business setting and what creative agencies might be looking for during the interview process. Students’ work is always impressive and inspiring – as well as rejuvenating – and so I was thrilled to have been a part of both of these reviews.”
“It feels like just yesterday that I was sitting at Kutztown on the other side of the table,” said Frantzen. “And, as Matt has said, I got a lot from the experience of hearing from working designers who I looked up to and aspired to be one day. So, in a pay-it-forward kind of way, I believe taking opportunities like these is the right thing to do … and also helps to put Altitude on talented students’ radars as we work to attract top talent in the Lehigh Valley.”
Currently, Altitude has an open junior designer position so Borrelli, Frantzen and Brennan were also able to share a bit of what it’s like to work for Altitude, as well as what they look for as they evaluate candidates.