Pro Prac Recap: Transferable Skills with Dimensional Innovations

Professional Practice got a makeover for the 2013-2014 academic year!
Presentations now cover core competencies for BFA candidates in a workshop format, so all students will be better prepared for life after KCAI.
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The first topic of the semester for juniors was Transferable Skills. Dimensional Innovations lead the topic discussion. DI is an award-winning design/fabrication studio interested in working with our students and alumni. Sculpture alumnus and DI fabricator, Nathan Shay, spoke about the materials studies knowledge he gained as a student that prepared him for his career. You can see more of Nathan’s progress from student to professional by downloading his presentation.
Megan Turner (1)
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Megan Turner, DI’s talent recruiter, also briefed students on the hiring process and how she quickly makes a decision on an applicants qualifications, here’s how.
  1. Megan encourages all interested parties to contact her at any time with an email stating their interest in DI and attaching a resume. This shows her you have interest in the company and she will contact you when a position becomes available.
  2. Human Resources staff and recruiters look at an applicant’s resume for 7 seconds before making a decision! 7 SECONDS! Make sure it is one page, consistent, and proofed.
  3. If the candidate has potential, Megan will google them. She looks to see how serious a candidate is about their professional web presence.
  • She looks for a website
  • She looks for an updated Linkedin
  • and your Facebook, but not the content of your Facebook, just to see if you have the privacy settings on and that you consider your personal life, PERSONAL, and do not need it to be seen by the public at large.

4.  If an applicant passes those tests, Megan will conduct a phone interview. She asks the first two same questions to every candidate.

  • What do you know about their company?
  • Have you visited the site?

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If you are serious about a position, you have to do your research! If you would like to know more about Dimensional Innovations check out their great introduction video!

So what are transferable skills?
Transferable skills are the skills and expertise you gained from your previous jobs and time at school. This knowledge can be applied towards future employment. Remember, even your student-worker position provides you with office management experience, something almost all employers look for. Below are some examples of various skills from the different KCAI majors that employers are looking for in a potential employee.
Animation
Proficiency in Adobe Suit
Proficiency in Maya and Dragonframe
Extensive knowledge with computer software
Goal setting/ meeting deadlines
Classical and experimental animation experience
Ceramics
Working in a team/ co-operating/ managing conflict
Problem Solving/analysis skills
Research and planning
Material studies
Mold making and casting experience
Digital Film
Film editing
Film production
Knowledge in lighting
Project development and management skills
Sound design
Video production
Illustration
Proficiency in Adobe Suit
Marketing  and communication experience
Design knowledge
Working in a team/ co-operating/ managing conflict
Goal setting/ meeting deadlines
Fiber
Knowledge in garment construction and alterations
Co-operating/ managing conflict
Design knowledge
Material studies
Pattern making
Graphic Design
Extensive knowledge with computer software
Proficiency in Adobe Suit
Marketing  and communication experience
Design knowledge
Mastery in web design
Letterpress experience
Working in a team/ co-operating/ managing conflict
Goal setting/ meeting deadlines
Material studies
Digital Media
Proficiency in Adobe Suit
Proficiency in Maya
Extensive knowledge with computer software
Goal setting/ meeting deadlines
Painting
Problem solving 
Research and planning
Material studies
Conceptual thinking
Interpersonal skills
Analytical and critical abilities
Gallery preparatory knowledge
 
Photography
Proficiency in Adobe Suit
Image editing
Documentation
Portrait, landscape, and action Photography
Lighting design
Printmaking
Working in a team
Material studies
Design knowledge
Letterpress experience
Working in a team/ co-operating/ managing conflict
Silk-screening expertise
Sculpture
Welding
Material studies
Wood-working
Problem solving
Research and planning
Gallery preparatory knowledge
Working in a team/ co-operating/ managing conflict
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