FINE Career Day Brings Students to Work at our Portland Design Agency
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FINE Career Day Brings Students to Work

Posted in Personal — November 9, 2017


The FINE Job Shadow Program had quite the first “official” year, with 24 students experiencing some real-life learning in our Portland studio. As a culmination of all that’s preceded it, and to reach even more high school-aged students, we hosted a Career Day in partnership with Portland Workforce Alliance, with 26 students from Portland’s Sabin-Schellenberg Center — enough teens to clean out a kitchen full of snacks and impress even our seasoned staff of snackers.

Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center is a career-technical education campus that primarily draws from three large high schools in the North Clackamas School District. The district’s high school population is about one-third students of color, one-fourth English-language learner, and nearly 40 percent economic disadvantaged. We hosted Level 2 and 3 advanced design students who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing design careers, along with their Digital and Graphic Design teacher, Rochelle Harper.


  • FAQ: FINE history, Agency explanation, Qualitative review of FINE clients and projects
  • Employee panel about first jobs, experience backgrounds, career paths, and their typical day at FINE
  • Interactive mind map exercise, exploring structured brainstorming
  • FINE design process overview, from creative briefs, to jam sessions, and critiques
  • Student work review


At the end of the day, we gave students the chance to tell us how we did, in terms of what techniques they might actually use, and what they weren’t expecting about this whole full-time professional thing.

What’s the most-valuable thing you’ll take away from your experience at FINE?

What most surprised you during your day at FINE?

How do you think you’ll be able to apply what you learned today to your class project?

Thank you to all of the students for their engagement during FINE Career Day, and to their brave digital and graphic design teacher, Rochelle Harper and Interim Executive Director of Portland Workforce Alliance, Susan Nielsen for helping us orchestrate the event.

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