The New Now gives designers in their early careers the opportunity to connect with employers, and gives employers the opportunity to hire and support the new wave of designers.
Showcase your talent and meet your employment goals by reaching design industry decision-makers nationwide.
A New Now profile is one of the benefits of IDI Graduate Membership
Recent graduates are the future of Irish design. Complete the application form on the IDI website and click on Graduate Member. You do not need to send us your CV. The annual fee is €30 and the benefits are amazing;
Share your details and your work on The New Now – a free platform for you to be promoted to IDI businesses in need of new talent.
Being part of an active designer-focused community, committed to advancing the value and impact of design.
Get our weekly newsletter – the one source for all things design in Ireland.
Access to IDI Members Forums and other members’ exclusive content in the Members’ Area
Get preferential rates for our awards and all design events.
IDI Membership badge to stand out to future employers and clients.
If you are already a member, a New Now profile has its own benefits
Specify your working style – full-time, part-time or freelance – and start exploring creative work opportunities with prospective employers and collaborators.
Exclusive training: CV prep, interview tips, maximising your LinkedIn presence
Mentorship opportunities to guide you through this crucial stage in your career
Opportunities to secure a job/internship/freelance work
Networking opportunities to forge connections with fellow students and potential employers
Registration links are sent when you sign up for Graduate Membership. If you are having trouble or have any questions, get in touch with us at email@example.com
Hire the freshest design talent and support the next generation of designers.
Go to the talent directory, and refine your search by design discipline and contract preference, to filter the designers who meet your needs.
On each designer’s profile you’ll see at a glance their education and experience, understand their design style, checklist of skills and competencies. If they are the right fit for you, you can get in touch directly to take the conversation forward.
Our mentorship programme connects fresh talent with experienced designers, creating a mutually-beneficial journey of learning.
Mentors will provide guidance and answers to all and any burning career questions, while new graduates will be able to share their knowledge and ideas concerning the latest academic design technologies and processes. Personalised professional relationships can make a huge difference to a graduate’s workplace confidence.
You will be paired with an established design professional to learn the dos and don’ts, and gain answers to any questions or concerns about entry into professional life.
You or your nominated team members can extend your acquired wisdom and experience to a new graduate, supporting them in their early career. In return you will gain valuable insights into how designers are being taught at third level, and where their skills lie.
You’ll arrange to meet your mentee once a month to agree how you can best support them – whether that’s reviewing their work, connecting them with people you know or giving general words of advice and encouragement. You never know, your mentee could end up being the newest intern or junior designer on your team.
The mentorship programme is ideally suited to designers with three to 10 years’ experience, but also open to those whose experience exceeds 10 years; what’s more important is a willingness and openness to support, nurture and inspire new designers in their early career.
The New Now is strongly-committed to encouraging employers to provide a living wage to design graduates entering internships. In the immediate term, a living wage provides an equitable hourly rate of pay that enables young professionals to afford the essentials of life; from a wider perspective, its provision is a tangible demonstration of the Irish design industry’s commitment to investing in, and retaining, emerging design talent. Value our industry. Value our graduates.
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